Council lowers fine for 21-ordinance violators

BY DI STAFF | JUNE 08, 2011 7:20 AM

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The Iowa City City Council approved a reduction in the fine for first-time violators of the 21-ordinance in a 4-3 vote Tuesday night.

Beginning July 1, underage patrons found in a bar after 10 p.m. will now pay $535 after court costs, down from $735. Second-time offenders will pay $735, and third-time offenders will pay $860.

University of Iowa Student Government President Elliot Higgins first brought the idea to the council in April, when he was the UISG City Council liason.

ā€œIā€™m very pleased the council decided to reduce the fine and put in place the graduated system,ā€ Higgins said.

ā€” by Ian Schmit

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