There’s a possibility Iowa City residents will have a second city-wide vote on whether people under the age of 21 should be banned from bars in Iowa City. In 2007, voters in Iowa City — many of whom were University of Iowa students — overwhelmingly rejected the idea of requiring all bar patrons in Iowa City to be at least 21 years old.
The push to keep under-age people out of bars is connected to a drive in Iowa City to curb binge drinking among the college crowd. This past April, the city council in Iowa City passed an ordinance which bans anyone under the age of 21 from being in a bar. Opponents of that move have collected over 25-hundred signatures on a petition.
The Iowa City City Council now has two options. It may decide to dump the ordinance which seeks to keep 18, 19 and 20 year olds out of bars or the city council may, again, place the matter before Iowa City voters and let residents decide whether bars in Iowa City should be accessible to 18, 19 and 20 year olds.