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Students Petition Social Host Ordinance

EUGENE, Ore. — Students at the University of Oregon are fighting an ordinance they say unfairly targets them.

The Social Host Ordinance, passed by the Eugene City Council earlier this year, slaps violators with fines up to $1,000 for hosting unruly parties.

Student leaders are now pushing for the repeal of the ordinance. They say it unfairly targets students, since the violations under the ordinance are already covered by existing city codes.

With education costs increasing, they say such a large fine could force a student to drop out of school.

A petition has now been submitted to the city, in hopes of sending a repeal initiative to Eugene voters in May of 2014.

If the petition is approved, the student leadership will have to gather 7,700 signatures to get the initiative on next year’s ballot.

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