California State Senator Introduces Bill to Allow Alcohol Service Until 4 A.M.

The bill would allow local jurisdiction to determine how long bars and restaurants may serve alcohol.

Feb 20 2017, 12:07am

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Scott Wiener, the Democrat state senator for California, introduced a bill on Wednesday that would allow bars and restaurants to serve alcohol between the hours of 2 a.m. and 4 a.m. Bars and restaurants currently must stop serving alcohol at 2 am., a rule that has been in place since 1935.

The new legislation, according to the San Francisco Chronicle, would give local jurisdictions control over last-call hours for bars and restaurants.

"California currently has a one-size-fits-all 2 am end to alcohol service, regardless of circumstances," Wiener said on his Facebook page about the bill. "Nightlife matters a lot, culturally and economically, and it's time to allow local communities more flexibility."

Wiener's bill is a follow-up to Mark Leno's 2013 bill. Leno, his Democratic predecessor, proposed a bill in 2013 but it failed to get enough votes.

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