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Metro Atlanta City To Punish Adults Hosting Underage Drinkers

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File photo of a man drinking one beer while holding several others. (Photo by YURIY DYACHYSHYN/AFP/GettyImages)

File photo of a man drinking one beer while holding several others. (Photo by YURIY DYACHYSHYN/AFP/GettyImages)

ATLANTA (AP/WAOK) – A new ordinance in a northern Georgia city aims to punish adults who allow underage drinking in their homes.

Officials say the social hosting ordinance — also known as a teen party ordinance — was enacted Wednesday by Kennesaw City Council. The city is home to Kennesaw State University, the third-largest college in Georgia with more than 24,000 students enrolled.

The ordinance calls for adults who allow underage drinking in their home to be charged with a misdemeanor. The offense could cost a fine of up to $300, or six months in prison.

Officials say municipalities and counties in 24 states have passed similar ordinances.

Kennesaw is about 25 miles northwest of Atlanta in Cobb County.

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