California’s bars and nightclubs could have their drinks curfew extended from 2am to 4am if a new bill proposed by state Senator Scott Weiner becomes law.
Under current California law, venues are not allowed to serve alcohol past 2am, which supporters of the bill believe has been stifling the state’s night-time economy.
In a post on his Facebook page, the Senator announced that he will propose a new bill today that will allow bars, nightclubs and restaurants to continue to serve alcohol past 2am.
“Nightlife matters a lot, culturally and economically, and it's time to allow local communities more flexibility,” wrote Weiner.
He then went on to explain that the current “one-size-fits-all” approach isn’t working and wants to “create more local control around how late alcohol can be served”.
The 2am curfew has been in effect in the state of California since 1935, despite the fact that many other US states — Illinois, New York State and Florida — are all allowed to serve alcohol past 2am in their major cities.
Supporters of the bill believe that the changes will help cities like LA and San Francisco foster more venues and clubs for a healthier, more vibrant night-time economy.
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