A state lawmaker aims to shut down adult hosted underage drinking parties in Wisconsin.
State Representative André Jacque (R-De Pere) said there are plenty of things that can go wrong at the intersection of kids and drinking. “Law enforcement that I’ve asked have said that about 70% to 75% of those that they come into contact with underage have admitted to having gotten behind the wheel of a car after drinking,” said Jacque. “I think the actual number is probably higher.”
Jacque’s bill would once again make it illegal for adults to host underage drinking parties anywhere. “That was in fact the case in Wisconsin, until a state Supreme Court decision, which basically rendered ineffective the slogan that those in the prevention community had been using for a long time – “parents who host lose the most,” he said.
Right now, adults are only legally liable to stop underage drinking on licensed premises they own – such as taverns or liquor stores. The bill received a public hearing Tuesday at the Capitol.