SACRAMENTO (CBS SF) – A bill by state Sen. Scott Wiener, D-San Francisco that would allow local communities across California to extend alcohol sales hours past 2 a.m. is one step closer to becoming law.
One Wednesday, the state Assembly’s Governmental Organization Committee approved Senate Bill 384 by a vote of 15 to 4. The bill is now headed to the Assembly Appropriations Committee, its last stop before being considered by the full Assembly.READ MORE: UPDATE: All Lanes of Westbound I-580 In Oakland Reopen Following Police Activity
It was approved by the state Senate in May by a vote of 27 to 9.
The bill is also known as the LOCAL Act, which stands for Let Our Communities Adjust Late Night.
If approved, it will establish a process involving local governments, law enforcement agencies, the public and the Department of Alcohol Beverage Control to extend hours of alcohol sales to a specified time between 2 a.m. and 4 a.m. in bars, nightclubs and restaurants, but not liquor stores.
The extended hours could also be specified to include certain days of the week or holidays.READ MORE: Oakland School Board Discusses Reinstating Popular Police Mentoring Program
In a statement, Wiener said it would give local communities more control over nightlife, which he said plays a huge role in the state’s culture and economy.
“California is a large and diverse state, and this bill recognizes that a one-size-fits-all approach to nightlife doesn’t make sense,” Wiener said.
According to Wiener, California’s nighttime industry generates billions of dollars in consumer spending and employs well over a million people.
In 2014 alone, tourism in the state generated $117.5 billion, Wiener said.
Should the bill become law, California would join 20 other states, and a host of cities including Las Vegas, Atlanta, Miami, New Orleans and New York, that allow alcohol sales past 2 am.MORE NEWS: Supply Chain Crisis: Shipping Industry Leaders Meet In San Francisco, Warn Backlog To Stretch Long Past Holidays
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