Iowa City leaders are considering an ordinance to curb excess and underage drinking in the college town’s taverns. They’ve ruled out an ordinance to keep anyone under 21 out of the bars. Last night, the city council heard from bar owners and University of Iowa students. Nate Green, president of the U-of-I student body, urged the creation of a 24-hour study center and more opportunities for non-alcohol-related entertainment venues like a bowling alley and movie theater. Green also called for creation of a task force of student and community leaders to monitor bars.Another speaker last night, bar owner Don Stockfleet said he supports the idea that a new ordinance allowing 19-year-olds to patronize bars be tested for one year.If approved after two more hearings, the ordinance will allow anyone 19 or older to remain in bars until closing time.
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