“It goes back to what we talked about in committee that if a bar wants to choose to use wristbands all the time or whatever policy they want, they could do it. And so we really don’t need a law on wristbands,” Rowland said. “I just don’t see the need to pass this legislation.”
A colorful wristband requirement wasn’t the only change up for consideration. The proposed amendment also stipulated if a patron is purchasing a pitcher of beer or multiple drinks, all members of his or her party must be identified and checked for wristbands or carded. Employees also would have been directed to regularly check tables with pitchers of beer to make sure no one younger than 21 is drinking.
The proposed amendment has been discussed at the committee and Committee of the Whole level five times, the last of which ended in a 3-3 vote which landed the item on Tuesday’s agenda. Each discussion yielded more thoughts on the city’s policy relating to minors in bars.
At-large Councilwoman Jennifer Graf said wristbands were just a small piece of a larger issue that the wristband discussion has brought to light.
“It almost seems like what you’ve brought before, in my opinion, the city to make a decision on has been like an onion and it just keeps peeling and getting more and more. I think there’s so many things we need to discuss before this becomes an actual decision on wristbands,” Graf said.
The council’s vote on the proposed changes doesn’t mean the end for discussions on the rules regulating how bars handle patrons younger than 21.
The Rules and Regulations committee is slated to discuss the the 12:30 a.m. curfew for those underage customers.