SACRAMENTO (CBSLA.com) – A bill that would allow California bars to extend last call to 4 a.m. has fallen short in the California Assembly.
California Senate Bill 384, known as the LOCAL Act, did not make it through the Assembly Appropriations Committee Friday.READ MORE: Goldstein Investigates: Scammers Going Old School In Attempt To Defraud EDD
Authored by state Sen. Scott Wiener (D-San Francisco), the bill would have allowed California communities to individually decide whether to extend alcohol sales at bars, nightclubs and restaurants passed 2 a.m.
The extended hours would not have applied to liquor stores.
The committee instead decided to create a task force to examine the issue.READ MORE: Firefighters Battle Pacific Palisades Brush Fire
In a statement, Wiener wrote: “There’s nothing radical about letting local communities decide for themselves whether to let their bars and nightclubs go later.”
Currently, 20 cities — including New York, Miami and Las Vegas — allow alcohol sales past 2 a.m. The state Senate had already passed SB-384.
Opponents argued the passage of the bill would lead to more drunk driving crashes, emergency room admissions and alcohol-related assaults and injuries.
The California Restaurant Association, California Travel Association and the California Hotel & Lodging Association are among those that supported the bill.MORE NEWS: Competition Rises For Wedding Venue Bookings As Couples Look To Tie The Knot Post-Pandemic
Alcohol Justice, the California Alcohol Policy Alliance, Mothers Against Drunk Driving and the Los Angeles Drug and Alcohol Policy Alliance were among those against it.