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BRIEF: Iowa City makes changes to 21-only law

This news story was published on January 25, 2012.
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Gregg Hennigan, CR Gazette –

IOWA CITY – The City Council voted unanimously Tuesday night to tweak Iowa City’s 21-only law.

The goal is to keep bars from skirting the intent of the law by getting food-related exemptions or a six-month exemption for being a new establishment.

Among the new provisions are establishing a financial auditing process for places seeking exemptions and allowing no more than one temporary six-month exemption for the sale of a business at the same location or by the same applicant in a three-year period.

Also, establishments with exemptions from the law must have a PAULA ratio of 0.25 or less per police officer visit, based on at least 10 bar checks. A PAULA is a citation for a possession of alcohol under the legal age.

The 21-only law bans people younger than 21 from being in places with liquor licenses after 10 p.m.

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