EUGENE, Ore. — Hosting a disruptive party could now land you a significant fine.
The Eugene City Council unanimously approved a controversial social host ordinance at Monday’s city council meeting. Eugene Police says it’s happy it passed.
The social host ordinance is meant to put a stop to excessive parties and ultimately prevent underage drinking by offering more punishments for the party’s hosts. Not very many people spoke out about the ordinance at Monday’s meeting, but previous meetings have drawn dozens of students.
Some argued the ordinance violates their privacy. Violators can be fined up to $1,000 and it’s the host of the gathering that could receive this citation.
“It’s been very effective when applied appropriately in university towns, other towns where there is noticeably loud disturbances. Our hope is it will have the same effects that it has had elsewhere,” said Sgt. David Natt, Eugene Police Department.
Police can start enforcing the ordinance in about a month.