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MONTGOMERY, AL (WSFA) -

Montgomery Mayor Todd Strange has vetoed a new ordinance that was passed by the city council without opposition.

The new ordinance would have prohibited minors from being allowed in certain establishments that are licensed to sell alcoholic beverages. Councilman C.C. Calhoun proposed the ordinance.

Alabama law says 19-year-olds can enter such establishments, and even though Mayor Strange says city attorneys believe Montgomery has the authority to enact the measure, he didn't find it a wise move. 

In a memo to the council, the mayor said the ordinance would have opened up a lot of uncertainty and unintended consequences, which he believes are not in the city's best interest. He cited the fact that "MPD solely, rather than the owner/manager of the establishments..." would be responsible for enforcement and that, "puts the City unnecessarily squarely in harm's way in the event of a breakdown..."

[DOCUMENT: Mayor's Memo (.pdf)]

Strange said the Alabama Alcoholic Beverage Control Board, as well as numerous citizens, were also against the ordinance.

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