Mercer Island may fine parents for kids' drinking

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MERCER ISLAND, Wash. (AP) -- Mercer Island may fine parents for their underage kids' drinking parties, whether the folks know about alcohol being served or not.

State law says parents can be fined or even jailed if they allow minor children to throw a party with alcohol. But parents can avoid responsibility if they didn't know about the party.

KIRO-FM reports (http://bit.ly/n5Mrxh ) Mercer Island wants to close that loophole. An ordinance under consideration at Monday's council meeting would impose a $250 fine for any underage drinking party. Landlords who rent to people under the age of 21 also could be held responsible for alcohol.

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Information from: KIRO-FM, http://mynorthwest.com/