After taking a break Monday to observe Martin Luther King Junior Day, the South Dakota legislature will take on some hot–button bills this week. One of those bills aims to help prevent underage drinking.
Senate Bill 94 is a proposed social host law that would prohibit any social host from allowing minors to consume alcohol on their premise. The law would also provide penalties to the host if minors were to consume alcohol.
Senator Stan Adelstein says the bill puts more responsibility on parents and other adults to make sure minors don't drink. "Many times parents or adults are reluctant to intervene," said Adelstein. "This gives them a defense by their intervention and it also means they can't really avoid responsibility if alcohol is available."
"If it's illegal and it's not good for kids, they shouldn't do it anywhere, and you need to you know express to them that you don't do it there you don't do it at home, you don't do it anywhere," said Hot Springs parent of two John Durhan.
The first reading of this bill was Thursday January 17th, and the bill is scheduled for a hearing with the Senate Affairs Committee Wednesday the 23rd.
Lawmakers will also address bills that deal with guns, speeding, open government and low-octane gasoline.