Bill to Allow Later Last Call Times in California Moves Forward

Last call times at California bars could go as late as 4 a.m. under a bill passed by the state Senate last week.

The bill proposed by state Sen. Scott Wiener, a Democrat who represents San Francisco, would let municipalities set their own last call times up to 4 a.m.

Currently, the last call time across the state is 2 a.m.

"Nightlife is hugely important to California's culture and economy, and it's time to move away from our outdated one-size-fits-all approach to last call," Wiener wrote in a Facebook post last week.

The bill "applies to bars and restaurants, but not to retail establishments," a statement from Wiener's office read.

It was moved to the Assembly after it was approved by the Senate on May 31, a spokesman for Wiener said.

Copyright AP - Associated Press
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