City of Middletown, CT
Middlesex County
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[HISTORY: Adopted by the Common Council of the City of Middletown as indicated in article histories. Amendments noted where applicable.]
[Adopted 7-5-1994; amended 2-7-2001]

§ 199-1 Definitions.

As used in this article, the following terms shall have the meanings indicated:
TRUANT
Any child between the ages of five and 18 years found wandering City streets or public places, beyond the proper control of his parents or guardians, during the usual school hours of the school terms, having no lawful occupation and not attending school.
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Editor's Note: Amended at time of adoption of Code (see Ch. 1, General Provisions, Art. II).

§ 199-2 Authority of police.

The police may stop any child under 18 years of age during the usual school hours to ascertain whether such child is a truant from school and, if such child is, shall send such child to school.

§ 199-3 Statutory authority.

The statutory authority for this article is derived from C.G.S. §§ 10-184 and 10-200, as amended.
[Adopted 3-1-2004 by Ord. No. 03-04]

§ 199-4 Findings.

A. 
The possession and consumption of alcoholic liquor by minors is a matter of a growing local, regional and national concern.
B. 
Consumption of alcoholic liquor by minors unsupervised by parental authority creates a health and safety risk not only to our children, but also to the general public.
C. 
The City of Middletown seeks to protect, preserve, and promote the health, safety, welfare and quality of life of its residents by regulating the possession of alcohol by minors.

§ 199-5 Purpose.

The purposes of this article is to regulate the possession of alcoholic beverages by minors on both public and private property.

§ 199-6 Definitions.

As used in this article, the following terms shall have the meanings indicated:
ALCOHOLIC LIQUOR
Shall have the same meaning as the same term defined in Title 30, § 30-1 of the Connecticut General Statutes, as amended from time to time.
HOST
To organize a gathering of two or more persons, or to allow the premises under one’s control to be used with one’s knowledge, for a gathering of two or more persons, for personal, social, or business interaction.
MINOR
Any person under the age of 21 years old.
PERSON
Any individual, firm, partnership, association, syndicate, company, trust, corporation, limited-liability company, municipality, agency, or political or administrative subdivision of the state or other legal entity of any kind.

§ 199-7 Possession.

No person under the age of 21 shall be in possession of containers of alcoholic liquors, whether open or closed, within the City of Middletown, except when accompanied by or in the presence of his or her parent, legal guardian, or spouse, who has attained the age of 21 years. This restriction shall apply to both public and private property.

§ 199-8 Hosting events.

No person shall host an event or gathering at which alcohol will be consumed by or dispensed to any minor unless said minor is accompanied by, or in the presence of, his or her parent, legal guardian, or spouse, who has attained the age of 21 years. This restriction shall apply to both public and private property.

§ 199-9 Exceptions.

The provisions of §§ 199-7 and 199-8 of this article shall not apply to the following:
A. 
A minor who possesses alcoholic liquor on the order of a practicing physician or any person who sells, ships, delivers or gives any alcoholic liquors to a minor on the order of a practicing physician.
B. 
A person over the age of 18 who is an employee or permit holder under § 30-90a of the Connecticut General Statutes and who possesses alcoholic liquor in the course of such person’s employment or business or in the course of a sale, shipment, or delivery of alcoholic liquor made to a person over age 18 who is an employee or permit holder under § 30-90a of the Connecticut General Statutes and where such sale, shipment, or delivery is made in the course of such person’s employment or business.

§ 199-10 Penalties for offenses.

[Amended 4-5-2004 by Ord. No. 04-04]
Any person violating any provisions of this article shall be subject to a fine of $90.

§ 199-11 When effective.

This article shall be effective upon passage, subject to the Charter requirement of publication.