California is the place to be for anyone looking for an unforgettable night out… until that 2AM curfew hits all the bars.
In most places across the United States, including California, bars and venues must close up shop at 2AM due to strict rules that have been upheld since 1935. State Senator Scott Wiener is hoping to change that by proposing the LOCAL Act (Let Our Communities Adjust Late Night), which will allow businesses to stay open between the hours of 2AM and 4AM with the approval of the local communities. These businesses make most of their profits from alcohol sales and we could be witnessing California starting another trend that other states may soon follow if this bill takes off.
The previous CA state senator, Mark Leno, made an attempt to change the restrictions in 2013 and saw backlash from the San Francisco Police Association. The bill was rejected and the movement has not seen any new development until Wiener’s new focus on the change.
One of the most important parts of this legislation is that local jurisdiction will have the say on if this is a good fit for their community instead of a blanket rule for the whole state.
I’m introducing legislation to allow (but not require) cities to extend alcohol service to 4 am. Nightlife matters. https://t.co/sAtftnLPPt
— Scott Wiener (@Scott_Wiener) February 15, 2017