California Senator Wants Keep Bars Open Until 4 AM

Last call might be extended at some of your favorite bars and restaurants.

State Sen. Scott Wiener introduced legislation that would allow, but not require, alcohol service to be extended until 4 a.m.

According to a press release about the bill, the decision for how and where to implement any extension of alcohol service hours would be up to the local jurisdiction, with approval by the Department of Alcohol Beverage Control (ABC).

“California is a diverse state, with cities and neighborhoods that have different needs when it comes to nightlife,” Senator Wiener said in the press release. “By granting local control to our cities to extend their late night hours, we can support areas that benefit economically and culturally from a strong nightlife presence, while ensuring that other cities and neighborhoods retain their current rules.”

If local governing bodies do choose to extend their hours of alcohol sales, they’ll have to develop, and approve, a local plan that includes local law enforcement, the general public and ABC.

Extended alcohol sale hours could be conditioned to include only specific days of the week or certain holidays.

This approach has already been successful in other cities across the country including Chicago, New York, Buffalo, Atlanta, Miami, New Orleans and Washington D.C.

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