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HB 105 - Open House Parties Bill Signing

Press Release:

HB 105 Open House Parties ceremonial bill signing, will take place in Governor’s Scott’s Office, on the Plaza Level of The Capitol in Tallahassee, Florida. 
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, became effective July 1, 2011   
Dwight Severs, City Attorney of Titusville, will be in attendance and has supported the enhanced open house party penalty for the past five years.  His son Matt Severs, age 17, was killed after he and other high school classmates attended an open house party and the vehicle he was riding in as a passenger rolled over several times.   “It has been a long journey in memory of our son, we hope that other parents may be spared the tragic death of a child and that people who have open house parties think twice about the potential consequences of their actions,” said Dwight Severs.  It is hoped that by holding adults accountable it will save lives and avoid the inevitable anguish felt by the surviving family and friends.
Dwight Severs, City Attorney, will be accompanied by Titusville City Manager, Mark Ryan.
This legislation was also supported by the Florida Coalition for Alcohol Policy (FCAP), the Florida Alcohol and Drug Abuse Association (FDAA), the Stop Open House Parties (S.T.O.P.) Organization, the City of Titusville, Mother Against Drunk Driving (MADD) Florida, the Tampa Alcohol Coalition (TAC), the LiveFree Substance Abuse Prevention Coalition Alliance (FCA), the Orlando Sentinel, Florida Today, as well as community substance Abuse Survey.
What:               HB 105 - Open House Parties Bill Signing
Location:         Governors Office, Plaza Level of The Capitol, Tallahassee, FL
When:              Tuesday September 20, 2011 at 4:00 p.m.

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