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Governor Scott Signs Open House Party Bill.

(TALLAHASSEE, FL). June 17th, Governor Scott signed HB 105, which increases penalties for a person in control of a home who knowingly allows a minor to possess or consume alcohol or drugs at an open house party. The law will go into effect on July 1, 2011 and parents should be warned of the increased penalties they may face if they choose to host underage drinking parties. In Florida, it is always illegal for parents or other adults to provide alcohol to persons under the age of 21. Some states allow minors to possess alcohol if accompanied by their parent/ guardian or with parental consent. Not so in Florida. A mother in Riverview was arrested last weekend for multiple counts of open house party and contributing to the delinquency of a minor after she hosted an underage drinking party in her home on the last day of school. On July 1, adults who host open house parties will face tougher penalties,