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Underage drinkers will pay less for first offense violations in IC

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IOWA CITY (KWWL) -

Fines to people caught drinking underage in Iowa City are going down, at least for the first offense.

Iowa City City Council members voted Tuesday night, 4-3, to lower the first offense fine to $300. It had been a flat $500 for each violation. Mayor Matt Hayek was one of the council members who voted the change down.

With the change in the ordinance, a second offense will result in a fine of $500, and any fine after that will be $625. The new fines will take effect July 1. Until then, first offense fines will still be $500.

The wording of the notices posted at liquor license establishments will be changed to incorporate these new fine amounts. The amendment will also make clear that the posting of notices at every entrance is still required of establishments, but that underage patrons may not use the absence of such a sign as a legal defense from this charge.

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