The bill, SF2310, relates to the underage possession or consumption of alcohol and provides penalties.
Under the bill, a person who is the owner or lessee of, or who otherwise has control over, property that is not a licensed premises, shall not knowingly permit an under legal age person to consume or possess an alcoholic beverage on such property.
The bill provides that a person who violates this provision commits a simple misdemeanor for a first offense, punishable as a scheduled violation with a fine of $200, and a simple misdemeanor for a second or subsequent offense, punishable by a $500 fine.
The bill will now go to the Republican-controlled House. It is supported by the Iowa State Sheriffs’ & Deputies’ Association, the Iowa County Attorneys Association and opposed by the American Civil Liberties Union of Iowa.