Iowa City voters reject 21-only bar repeal

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — Iowa City voters have overwhelmingly rejected an effort to repeal a 3-year-old city ordinance that requires 19- and 20-year-olds to leave bars by 10 p.m.

Voters Tuesday upheld the ordinance by a vote of 66 percent to 34 percent.

The City Council adopted the current ordinance in 2010. It makes exemptions for bars featuring entertainment such as live music and businesses that bring in most of their money from food.

Bar owners led an effort to repeal the ordinance later that year, but voters narrowly retained it.

Bar owners also led the latest repeal effort. Some called it the last chance to restore the old bar scene.

City officials and administrators at the University of Iowa have argued the 21-only ordinance was important in the effort to reduce high-risk drinking.

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