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Students rally against the $1000 ‘social host’ fine

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After months of controversy over the “social host” ordinance, plans to finalize the draft could come to fruition Monday evening after a Eugene City Council public hearing.

The ASUO Senate met with Eugene Mayor Kitty Piercy on Oct. 24 to discuss a potential solution to the current language of the ordinance but no new ideas were officially put together.

Piercy recommended at the meeting that students present a new solution to the Eugene City Council since she thought that the Council was likely to pass an ordinance.

In response, a student-formed Facebook group called “Rally against the $1000 Party Fine” has been put together and is planning to walk to the public hearing Monday evening.

The group — which is suggesting that the Council drop the $1000 fine — is gathering at the EMU Amphitheater at 6:30 p.m. Monday in order to walk over to the public hearing together.

“What we plan to do right now present our petitions to the City Council after we get there and after we march,” ASUO Senator and group administrator Lamar Wise said. “We’re going to have a few testimonies from students stating their concerns with the ordinance and then we are also going to present some solution to the City Council.”

The group currently consists of 364 affirmative responses.

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