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Students Object To Eugene Crackdown On Parties

EUGENE, Ore. (AP) — University of Oregon student leaders are calling for a large, young turnout at a Eugene City Council meeting Monday night to object to a proposed city crackdown on rowdy parties.

The Eugene Register-Guard reports  the council is holding a public hearing on what’s called a “social host ordinance” aimed at making party organizers accountable when gatherings get out of hand. Fines could range from about $200 to a maximum of $1,000.

Students say that’s heavy-handed, and current laws give police enough authority.

Eugene police say such ordinances are linked to decreases in off-campus binge drinking in California.

City officials say that from 2006 to 2010, the number of noise, disorderly conduct and alcohol-related violations around the campus increased by 55 percent.

The council plans to vote next year.

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