California Legislature Considering Longer Bar Hours

Some bars and clubs would be allowed to serve alcohol a lot later than they do now under the latest attempt to change the statewide 2:00 A.M. cut-off. 

The new bill's sponsor, California State Senator Scott Wiener (D-San Francisco) says leaving it up to individual communities to decide whether some places would be allowed to keep pouring booze as late as 4:00 A.M. would provide flexibility, and that could also mean more money-making opportunities.

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Sacramento Police Sergeant Bryce Heinlein says this proposed change to California law would have a significant effect on some of their enforcement teams working around bar schedules.  "You are adding two hours drinking past the normal 2:00 a.m., so there is the potential of people drinking longer, drinking," added Heinlein.  "That's always going to be a concern of ours."

Wiener's immediate predecessor from San Francisco tried a similar bill, but that one didn't make it out of committee.


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