The California state assembly has rejected a bill that would have allowed local jurisdictions to extend last call from 2 a.m. to 4 a.m. Currently, bars, clubs and other nightlife establishments have stop serving alcohol after 2 a.m. across the state. The new law would have given counties across the state the option to extend last call to 4 a.m., instead of implementing a one size fits all solution for the entire state. The assembly has decided it wants to study the matter a little more.
The bill was passed by the California state senate and needed to pass the assembly before making its way to the Governors desk. Titled the “Let Our Communities Adjust Late Night Act,” the assembly cited concerns over safety, including more DUIs and more alcohol-related incidents and fatalities.
California Senator Scott Wiener, who first came up with the bill released a scathing statement on Twitter about the assembly’s rejection of the bill.
"There's no need to study anything. There's nothing radical about letting local communities decide for themselves whether to let their bars and nightclubs go later. It's embarrassing that California shuts down its nightlife so early,” he writes. “We're not going to give up. Nightlife matters to our economy and culture, and California's one-size-fits-all approach to closing time needs to be reformed."