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Lawmakers advance crackdown on open house parties

Lawmakers moved a bill Monday that would impose harsher penalties on adults who violate Florida's house party laws.

It is a misdemeanor in Florida for an adult hosting a party to not try to stop someone under 21 from drinking alcohol. It is punishable by a maximum of 60 days in jail.

The bills (HB 105/SB 746) would up the penalty to a maximum of one year in jail, if the case results in serious injury or death, or involves a repeat offender. Maximum fines would leap from $500 to $1,000.

The St. Pete Times published a story about the bill -- and tragedies stemming from Pinellas County house parties -- last week. Read here.

The Senate Criminal Justice Committeee passed the bill, sponsored by Sen. Thad Altman, R-Rockledge, unanimously Monday, the second Senate panel to do so. The bill needs one more favorable committee vote before it is eligible for a vote on the Senate floor. The Budget Committee has not placed it on the calendar.

Altman introduced a similar bill last year but ran out of time, according to the Times story.

The House companion, sponsored by Rep. Tom Goodson, R-Rockledge, has sailed through committees but has not been debated by the full House.

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Tally Folly

Another example of the Right Wing Nannie State run amok causing harm to our tourist economy and freedoms of law abiding citizens who may not be able to police everyone at their own party.
By all means lets protect our children to such extremes we infringe upon rights of adults.

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