City Council could vote on extending KC's teen curfew at entertainment districts to year-round

A vote for a year-round curfew for teenagers at Kansas City's entertainment districts could come Wednesday during a City Council Public Safety committee meeting. The proposed curfew has been a subject of heated debate.

The extended curfew would prohibit teens under the age of 18 from hanging out in entertainment districts such as the plaza, Zona Rosa, Power & Light and 18th and Vine after 9 p.m.

Over the past three weeks, the City Council has mulled over this issue. Kansas City Councilman Jermaine Reed said a larger community discussion needs to take place before the curfew issue goes up for a vote.

"I think it's important that we have a larger community conversation about looking at other ways to find viable things for our young people to do throughout the entire year not just the summer," Reed said.

Councilwoman Jan Marcason, who first brought the extended curfew idea to City Council, says access to more community programs will keep Kansas City teens out of trouble.

"The curfew has worked and it does work," Marcason said. "I think the feeling is it only works in conjunction with these other programs"

The summer-long curfew starts next week and extends until the end of the summer.

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