But social host measures also face some pushback. The legislature in South Dakota stalled a social host bill from getting out of committee last year. Last month, elected officials in Orange County, Calif., rejected a social host liability ordinance. In both cases, officials said there were enough restrictions on underage drinking, and such measures could have unintended consequences of pushing young drinkers outside of homes.
Maureen Hayden covers the Statehouse for the CNHI newspapers in Indiana. She can be reach at email@example.com. Follow her on Twitter @MaureenHayden.