- Baltimore County Social Host Ordinance – Issue Brief
- PDF version of references
- Legislation: Bill 58-15 Social Host – Unruly Social Gatherings
Bill was withdrawn for revisions. Will be reintroduced in October or November 2015.
- Revised legislation: Bill 90-15 Social Host – Unruly Social Gatherings – Pilot Program. The Bill was introduced by the County Council at its December 21, 2015 meeting. The Bill was discussed at the January 12, 2016 Work Session at 2 p.m. Final Reading and Vote occurred at the Legislative Session on Tuesday, January 19, 2016 at 6 p.m. in the Council Chambers. The Bill passed with amendments and went into effect on February 1, 2016.
- Final bill (December 2015): Bill 90-15 Social Host – Unruly Social Gatherings – Pilot Program
- Bill to expand Towson boundaries to include East Towson (April 2016): Bill 36-16 Social Host – Unruly Social Gatherings
- Bill to expand Towson boundaries to more neighborhoods (March 2017): Bill 2-17 Social Host – Unruly Social Gatherings – Pilot Program Area
- Bill to expand Towson boundaries to match the 6th Police Precinct boundaries and extend the expiration date for 4 years (November 2017): Social Host – Unruly Social Gatherings
- Bill to make SHO permanent and countywide. (May 2021)
- Bill 60-21 introduced by the County Council at its June 7, 2021 meeting. The Bill will be discussed at the Work Session on Tuesday, June 29, 2021 at 4 p.m. Final Reading and Vote will occur at the Legislative Session on Tuesday, July 6, 2021 at 6 p.m.
- Bill 60-21 passed 7-0 on July 6, 2021 and takes effect on July 21, 2021.
- Articles about the Social Host Ordinance
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Social Host Ordinance pilot program boundaries – Arbutus (February 2016)
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- Maryland Collaborative to Reduce College Drinking and Related Problems. High-risk drinking among college students in Maryland: Identifying targets for intervention; 2014.
- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Fact Sheets – Underage Drinking. 2014. Available at http://www.cdc.gov/alcohol/fact-sheets/underage-drinking.htm. Accessed November 17, 2014.
- U.S. Department of Health & Human Services. Underage Drinking: Why do adolescents drink, what are the risks, and how can underage drinking be prevented?; 2006. Available at . Accessed November 17, 2014. (Update: August 9, 2023 – document is no longer online.)
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- Student Affairs Office of Towson University. Number of alcohol transports, alcohol violations, and nuisance house reports from the 2013-2014 academic year for Towson Universty. Towson, MD; 2014.
- Baltimore County Police Department. Calls for service for service from January 1, 2012 – December 31, 2013 for disturbances occuring in select reporting areas. In. Towson, MD.; 2014.
- Paschall MJ, Lipperman-Kreda S; Grube JW, Thomas S. Relationships between social host laws and underage drinking: Findings from a study of 50 California cities. Journal of Studies on Alcohol and Drugs 2014;75(6):901-907.
- Applied Research Community Health and Safety Institute. Holding adults accountable for underage drinking at house parties. San Bernadino, CA; 2009.
- Ventura County Behavioral Health Department. Model social host liability ordinance. Ventura, CA: Center for the Study of Law and Enforcement Policy, Pacific Institute for Research and Evaluation; 2005.
- Wagoner KG, Sparks M, Francisco VT, Wyrick D, Nichols T, Wolfson M. Social Host Policies and Underage Drinking Parties. Subst Use Misuse 2012.
- Sparks M. Using enforcement to reduce underage drinking. http://www.eiu.edu/ihec/Sparks-Illinois enforcement webinar.ppt; SparksInitiative; 2010.