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La Crosse committee considers adopting new state rules on social hosting tonight

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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.

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