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Coalition supports Onalaska's new Social Hosting Ordinance

ONALASKA, Wis. - A local coalition is touting Onalaska's new Social Hosting Ordinance.

The Changing the Culture of Risky Drinking Behavior Coalition joined the mayor and chief of police to detail the new ordinance.

As we reported Tuesday night, it gives authorities another tool to help curb underage drinking parties.

They'll be able to hold parents and adults responsible if they provide alcohol or a place for kids to drink. Fines can go up to $5,000.


The coalition says it's a step toward putting an end to underage drinking. "And some people think you can't change that kind of a culture. Well, the truth is you can. Our communities have changed the culture of smoking, smoking today isn't what it was 20 years ago, I think we can change the culture of alcohol," said coalition member Ed Kondracki.

About a dozen cities in Wisconsin have a similar ordinance including Prairie du Chien.

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