With all the graduations and underage drinking, could you please refresh everyone about the social hosting laws and what it pertains in Kansas?
Sgt. Matt Sarna, a Lawrence police spokesman, said state law prohibits adults from intentionally or recklessly hosting minors who are consuming alcohol in the adult’s residence or any land, building or other structure owned, occupied or procured by the adult. It is a class A misdemeanor punishable with a minimum $1,000 fine.
Sarna said Lawrence Municipal Code is more strict and has provisions for holding the host responsible for making all reasonable efforts to control the quantity of and the access to alcoholic beverages. It also makes the adult hosts responsible for verifying the age of all person attending a social activity by inspecting identification.