State Senate Bill To Keep Alcohol Sales Flowing Until 4 AM Voted Down

SACRAMENTO (KCBS) — California lawmakers have cut off a push alcohol service at bars, clubs and restaurants until 4 a.m.

Senate Bill 635, introduced by State Sen. Mark Leno of San Francisco, failed to clear the Senate Governmental Organization Committee on a vote of four to six.

Supporters argued allowing cities to keep their bars open later could attract tourists and be a boom for restaurants, entertainment venues and other businesses.

Opponents said they were concerned about the effects on quality of life and public safety with an extension of alcohol sale hours, including an increase in drunk driving in the early hours of the morning when commuters are already on the road.

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