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Ceremony Marks Signing of Cody's Law (Jun 09, 2011)

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Legislation that strengthens penalties for social hosts who allow underage drinking on their premises has been signed into law.

The measure by Rep. Dan Kirby and Sen. Dan Newberry, both of Tulsa, makes a first violation punishable by a fine of up to $500 and a second violation punishable by up to $1,000. Additional violations carry a $2,500 fine and up to five years in prison.

The legislation also allows cities to enforce laws on low-point beer sales as they enforce liquor laws.

The bill is named Cody's Law after Cody Greenhaw, a 16-year-old junior at Tulsa's Union High School, who died on Sept. 19, 2004, from an alcohol and drug overdose in a social host situation.

At the time of Cody's death, Oklahoma had no social host law.

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