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Bill Would Allow Alcohol Service Until 4 a.m.

LOS ANGELES (KTLA) — A new bill proposes extending alcohol service until 4 a.m. in California — two hours later than is currently allowed by law.

alcohol-picState Sen. Mark Leno has proposed a bill that would give local communities the option of letting restaurants, bars and nightclubs serve alcohol into the wee hours.

The bill does not apply to liquor stores.

The goal is to let California cities compete with the likes of New York, Chicago and Las Vegas, where closing time extends into the early morning.

Under the plan, cities could submit a plan to the California Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control.

According to Leno, later drinking hours would be beneficial for job creation, tourism and local tax revenue.

But residents and bar owners have some mixed reviews on the bill.

And law enforcement might not be on board with the change either, becasue later bar hours could mean more late night headaches.

The beverage service hours legislation is set to go before a policy committee this month.

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