The Teen Alcohol Safety Act of 2010, or AB2486, would allow party hosts to be sued if they serve alcohol to a minor who is subsequently injured or killed. It was signed into law by the Governor last Wednesday. While everyone acknowledges that is a violation of the law to serve alcohol to minors, the question of liability, or legal responsibility, is a main point to consider here. Any teen drinking involves either a fake ID, no ID check, an adult buyer, or theft. Where is the liability in each of these cases?
Is someone between the ages of 18-20, not responsible for their own decision to illegally drink? Do the parents who knowingly allowed their teens to go to the party have less responsibility than the hosts? Can adults at the party claim innocence if they simply leave the alcohol out and don't actually serve it? If no one gets hurt, was it then okay to serve them alcohol?
Are drug dealers also liable for injury caused to their buyers? What other kinds of comparisons can you make for a law like this?
This law does not apply to commercial venders: meaning bars, restaurants, liquor stores. Why do you think that is the case? Would the bill have been harder to pass? Why?
Does this law take away anyones rights? Does it give rights to anyone? What type of incentive is legislation like this? What behavior are they hoping to see changed? Do you see this law having any significant impact? Why or why not?
Please reply by Wednesday morning.