State. Sen Scott Wiener this week announced plans to reintroduce legislation that allow bar hours in California cities to be extended 4 a.m.
While a similar bill backed by Wiener to give communities across the state the option of pushing back nightlife closing times failed in September, the new measure would only apply to six California cities: Los Angeles, Long Beach, West Hollywood, San Francisco, Oakland and Sacramento.
Known as the Let Our Communities Adjust Late-night, or LOCAL, Act, would form a five-year pilot program and allow the cities to control exactly how it is administered, Wiener said in a statement. Each of the six cities' mayors already approve of the proposal, he added.
Because the measure would preserve local control, officials could decide to extend hours only until 3 a.m., or only on certain days of the week or year and in certain areas, according to Wiener.
"The state shouldn’t mandate a one-size-fits-all closing time for our bars, nightclubs, and restaurants, yet that is what we currently do, requiring every nightlife venue to stop serving alcohol at 2 a.m., whether in a big city or a small town," the state senator wrote.
The plan will officially be introduced in the legislature in January, he said.
It's unclear what kind of legislative support the bill would have. While backers emphasize the local control and cite the economic opportunities the new rules would create, others say there is a possibility it could create an increase in alcohol-related deaths, including drunken driving incidents.
If passed, it would be the first time California extends the hours of alcohol sales since 1935, according to the Los Angeles Times.