R. 16: Supporting the Extension of Tompkins County Bar Closing Hours
As discussed Thursday, 16 November 2006.
Whereas, current county statute requires bars to close at 1:00 a.m.;
Whereas, students at bars often drink excessively immediately before 1:00 a.m. because there is not more time to spread out drinking in the bars, and this effect is especially noticeable during 21st birthday celebrations;
Whereas, students at bars often do not stop drinking at 1:00 a.m., but go instead to after-hours parties in apartments and houses;
Whereas, these parties are unsupervised, and they have easily and cheaply attainable alcohol for all attendees, regardless of levels of inebriation;
Whereas, drinks in bars are comparatively expensive, and are not served to customers who are clearly intoxicated;
Whereas, extending the bar closing time to 2 a.m. will reduce the number of house parties taking place in the early morning hours;
Whereas, a reduced number of house parties will lead to less excessive drinking, resulting in improved student health and safety;
Whereas, a reduced number of house parties will reduce noise levels and police citations in areas heavily populated by students;
Be it therefore resolved that the Student Assembly recommends that the Tompkins County Legislature extend the legal bar closing time to 2 a.m.
Kwame Thomison ‘07 President, Student Assembly
Adam Gay ‘08 Representative, College of Agriculture and Life Sciences
Mitch Fagen ‘07