Tonight, La Crosse police will likely get one step closer to being able to enforce rules for social hosting in the city.
A city council committee tonight is set to adopt new state rules for social hosting that will lead to $500 tickets for adults who allow underagers to drink on their property.
The city’s fine was more than $1,000 before police stopped enforcing social hosting. The old law made local social hosting rules all over the Wisconsin unenforceable after a state Supreme Court ruling in 2016.
The city created a social host ordinance in 2014 but suspended enforcement after the court’s ruling.
The new state law, adopted last month, was written to address loopholes in the old law.