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Supporters, opponents address Iowa City's 21 ordinance

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Supporters and opponents filled a forum held on the University of Iowa’s campus to present both sides of the 21 and older ordinance. Those wanting to appeal the ordinance say it's had no positive effect, but those in favor of the ordinance tell us they've noticed a safer downtown environment.

Tuesday night, the university's student government met in hopes of taking a stand on repealing or continuing the ordinance, but they decided no to take a stand saying it would be a “detrimental move” for the student government.

I think the statistics show that it hasn't really show much difference since 2009, so based on the economy,” said Kaleb Hayes, an UI junior. “I just don’t see the point of letting the ordinance continue.”

However those in support of the ordinance say it’s been successful in achieving the goal of reducing underage drinking and creating a safe downtown environment for Iowa City’s residents and the University of Iowa community.

“I think the ordinance has been an unmitigated success,” said student life vice president Tom Rocklin. “Statistics and reliable sources demonstrate that our students are safer, the community's safer, the neighborhoods are calmer and we look around and see a vibrant downtown than we have before.”

A majority of attendants at the forum were in favor of repealing the 21 ordinance, and now the decision is up to Iowa City voters.

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