Legislation Proposes Bars, Clubs Stay Open Later

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Democratic Senator Mark Leno has proposed legislation that would allow communities to decide whether or not their bars stay open until 4 a.m.

Leno’s SB 635 takes a cue from around 25 other cities in the country with extended drinking hours. The longer hours would be up to the public to decide.

The goal of Leno’s bill is to expand social and tourism options in California cities, his office said Wednesday.

“Uniform closing times put significant stress on public transportation systems and the law enforcement agencies tasked with managing and dispersing large crowds of patrons when they all leave the clubs at 2 a.m.,” Executive Director Matt Gray, with the group Taxpayers for Improving Public Safety, said in a news release.

The California State Senate will consider SB 635 this spring.

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