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Group Campaigns to Maintain 21 Ordinance

IOWA CITY, IA (CBS 2/FOX 28)--An Iowa City group is getting ready for battle to keep people under 21out of bars at night.

In three months a city ordinance that bans anyone under the legal drinking age after 10 pm will head back to voters.

The name of the campaign: 21 Makes Sense.

The new group wants to keep Iowa Citys 21 ordinances, and some city leaders are at the forefront of the campaign.

"21 is back on the ballot because there is money to be made in selling alcohol to minors, said Iowa city mayor Matt Hayek.

The ordinance first passed in 2010 and restricted certain age groups from entering bars late at night, but opponents want it removed altogether.

The city council supports the current ordinance but chose to send the referendum to the November ballot.

Now, the 21 makes sense campaign has one goal in mind

"Making sure that those members of the community who care about this issue get to the polls this November, said Hayek.

"Supporters of the 21 ordinance say closing bars to people under the age of 21 after ten has made the city safer, cleaner and even more vibrant."

Not everyone agrees.

"I don't know if that's what made the city safer. I think the only thing that ever makes the city safer is people learning how to drink correctly and how to deal with situations, said UI senior Andrew Schreiner.

"Just because they are in the bars they are not going to be drinking or doing something bad they might just be wanting to watch a game or hang out with their friends, said Kirkwood junior Sierra Tubbs.

Still, university officials say their numbers show alcohol use declined after the ordinance was enacted and they would like to see it upheld.

The election date is set for November 5th.


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