By Paul Schmitt
Possible new state legislation is being reintroduced to clarify the existing law regarding hosting underage drinking and where it takes place is being discussed the in Madison. The law on the books currently prohibits adults 21 years old or older from allowing people under the legal age to drink on premises they own or control. Interpretations of the wording “premises” have left questions to enforcing it only in a setting of bars and liquor stores with alcohol permits. Door County Sheriff Steve Delarwelle agrees with the newly proposed law and says his department will investigate and cite any party that entertains underage drinking and leave it to the courts to rule accordingly.
The new legislation would have penalties beginning with a $500 fine for violations. Providing or supplying alcohol to a minor is typically punished as a misdemeanor offense. However, the crime may also be considered a felony depending on the circumstances of the case.