San Francisco-based senator Scott Wiener introduced a bill back in February that would allow California bars to serve alcohol until 4AM.
The goal of the bill is to stimulate the state’s economy and make California cities bigger tourist attractions.
In March it took a big step forward:
A similar bill proposed in 2013 did not receive enough votes to pass and was opposed by a nonprofit advocacy group called Alcohol Justice & by the San Francisco Police Officers Association. Wiener’s bill has passed committee, which the 2013 bill did not do.
On May 25 the bill advanced from the Senate Appropriations Committee and on May 31 it was approved by the California State Senate.
On Wednesday, the state Assembly’s Governmental OrganizationCommittee 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.
The law would allow for local communities to decide whether, or not last call in the neighborhoods will extend until 4 AM. The law would have no effect on how late liquor stores stay open.