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May 17, 2013 8:52 AM by AP/CS

Ascension moves to ban private parties for minors

GONZALES, La. (AP) - The Ascension Parish Council has voted to outlaw the practice of parents hosting parties where youths under the age of 21 are allowed to consume alcohol.

Sheriff Jeff Wiley urged the council Thursday to adopt an ordinance that targets adults who host large parties where youths will be drinking alcohol.

The Advocate reports the ordinance, prevents minors from drinking alcohol on private property unless they are in the presence of a legal guardian, parent or grandparent.

Under the new ordinance, Wiley said, the minor found drinking an alcoholic beverage would receive a misdemeanor citation for underage possession of alcohol, while the adult in charge would be arrested on a misdemeanor count of contributing to the delinquency of a minor.

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