Santa Clara County Passes Underage Drinking Law

SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) - Parents and other people who host parties in parts of Santa Clara County where anyone under the age of 21 is drinking alcohol may be facing fines under new rules passed by county supervisors.

By a 3-2 vote, Santa Clara County supervisors approved a law Tuesday that holds parents, tenants, party hosts or party organizers responsible for parties that involve underage drinking.

Hosts of such parties could face fines of up to $1,000 if they do not heed an initial warning.

The new law only applies to unincorporated areas of the county. It temporarily excludes Stanford University and landlords for one year.

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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