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California state Sen. Mark Leno proposes expanding alcohol service to 4 am

SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- A state senator from San Francisco has proposed legislation that would give local jurisdictions the option of allowing restaurants and nightclubs to serve alcohol later into the early morning hours.

Senate Bill 635, authored by state Sen. Mark Leno, D-San Francisco, would let certain businesses provide beverage service until 4 am, two hours later than currently allowed under state law.

The legislation would match California with at least nine states and more than two dozen cities, including New York City, Chicago, Washington, D.C., Las Vegas and New Orleans, that have extended closing times, according to Leno's office.

"Many cities in California have dynamic social activities that are vital to their economies, but they lack the flexibility to expand their businesses," Leno said in a statement.

He said the legislation would allow cities like San Francisco, Los Angeles and San Diego "to start local conversations about the possibility of expanding nightlife and the benefits it could provide the community by boosting jobs, tourism and local tax revenue."

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