User uShare Login | Register
Login
Register

Along with posting photos, videos, and stories, your uShare account lets you post Classified Ads, recipes on What's For Dinner, and Announcements.


75° View Weather Current Conditions Sioux Falls Change Location
Set Weather Options

RADAR LOCATION

TEMPERATURE LOCATION

KELOLAND.com | Sioux Falls News & Weather, South Dakota News & Weather, Minnesota and Iowa News

[0] My Saved Articles
Back to all news

Politics

Find local businesses
on the KELO Pages!

 

Host Bill Turned Down, But Not Dead

January 23, 2013, 6:03 PM by Sammi Bjelland

Host Bill Turned Down, But Not Dead
PIERRE, SD -

Eighteen-year-old Michael Glynn was one of 13 teenagers killed in alcohol-related crashes in South Dakota in 2006. For the past seven years his mother, Joyce Glynn, has made it her mission to curb teen drinking in South Dakota.

On Wednesday, she testified in front of the Senate State Affairs committee in an effort to pass a 'social host' bill that would make it illegal for adults to provide teens with a place to drink.

"This 'social host' bill will give law enforcement officers another tool they can use to keep our kids safe," Glynn said.

Glynn said the legislation would send a message to parents that it's not okay to host teen drinking parties.

"Why when we work so hard to protect our kids in so many ways do we not protect them from what's causing more harm to them than anything else," Glynn said.

But several members of the committee disagreed saying there are already laws on the books that can hold adults accountable for hosting parties.

Senator Corey Brown of Gettysburg said he didn't think a bill like this would have even prevented the death of Glynn's son, who got behind the wheel after drinking at a graduation party in 2006.

"If Senate Bill 94 would have been in place at that time would that one additional law changed anything that night. I would argue it probably wouldn't," Brown said.

Brown went on to say an issue like underage drinking can not always be solved with legislation and sometimes curbing the problem starts with an effort from the community.

"I think a more appropriate answer sometimes is the community. The parents and the folks that are in the environment around those kids. At the end of the day we can pass code after code up here and I don't know that it's going to necessarily do anything to keep kids safe," Brown said.

The bill was defeated on a close 5-4 vote and the main sponsor says he will likely try to reintroduce new legislation addressing some of the concerns brought up on Wednesday. The filing deadline is next week.

Previous Story

Next Story


Comments







 
Find Local Businesses on KELO Pages!

View politics

You may also like

Jackley: State Had Planned To Charge Benda

7/29/2014 10:42 AM

South Dakota investigators were closing in on former South Dakota Secretary of Tourism and State Development Richard Benda when he committed suicide l...

Full Story
AG: Benda Suicide Came Days Prior To Possible Indictment

7/29/2014 5:54 PM

South Dakota authorities were about to charge former Secretary of Tourism and State Development Richard Benda with embezzlement and grand theft when h...

Full Story | Watch
Myers Plans Lawsuit To Get Running Mate Change On Ballot

7/29/2014 5:53 PM

An independent candidate for governor says he plans to sue the South Dakota Secretary of State.

Full Story
Silver City Cemetery Ceremony Celebrates Signing

7/27/2014 12:02 PM

Supporters of a bill that transfers ownership of nine historic cemeteries in the Black Hills from the federal government to local communities celebrat...

Full Story


Events