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Iowa City passes 21-and-over bar entry law

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IOWA CITY (KWWL) - It's official: Iowa City will soon allow people only over the age of 21 into bars, between the hours of 10 PM to close.

As expected, the city council voted 6 to 1 in favor of raising the legal bar age from 19 to 21 on Tuesday night. Regenia Bailey cast the only dissenting vote.

The new law will take effect June 1st. Mayor Matt Hayek said in an interview Tuesday afternoon, that he understands the concerns voiced by local bar owners and managers, many of whom believe the rule will hurt business. However, he and many officials with the University of Iowa believe this is a step in the right direction to curbing underage drinking.

"We're sensitive to the concerns of people on both sides of this issue, but it remains to be seen what the impact will be on the bar community, and others involved," said Mayor Hayek.

He said police will now prepare for the possibility of underagers taking their parties out of the downtown area, as a result.

"We plan to have an increase in patrols, and a more aggressive approach to dealing with what could be a temporary spike in the house party scene near campus."

A group opposed to the measure are already planning to petition for a public vote to repeal the law. It's possible that will be on the November ballot.

Online Reporter - Brady Smith

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