SACRAMENTO — California State Senator Mark Leno (D-San Francisco) introduced SB635 into the legislature in February of this year. The bill would have allowed local governments to authorize, upon application to the Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control, the sale of alcoholic beverages at on-sale licensed premises as late as 4am, 2 hours longer than current law allows.
Proponents of the bill argued that the extended hours would draw tourists to California, helping the state compete with states like New York, Nevada, and Florida who have longer night-life hours.
On Tuesday, the bill failed to get enough votes to get out of committee. The last call in California for SB635 is not likely to be the last time there is a push for extended hours.