Posted at: 11/01/2013 1:55 PM
In Iowa College Town, Vote Will Decide Bar Age
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IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) - University of Iowa freshman Grant Spading and his co-workers have been all over campus making an easy sell: asking students to vote to let underage patrons back in Iowa City bars at peak drinking hours.
Their employer, the Union Bar, is a driving force behind a ballot measure Tuesday seeking to repeal a 2010 city ordinance that requires 19- and 20-year-olds to leave bars by 10 p.m.
Bar owner George Wittgraf said the election could be the last chance for the city to restore what he called a fairer and more fun bar scene for young people.
But city and university leaders say the measure is an attempt by a few bars to profit from underage drinking. They're hoping to save the ordinance, saying it's helped reduce binge drinking.
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11/1/2013 1:27:43 PM (GMT -5:00)