The legislation, introduced by state Sen. Scott Wiener, D-San Francisco, would give local governments discretion when and where nightlife establishments could remain open until 4 a.m.
Currently, buying or selling alcohol between 2 a.m. and 6 a.m. is a misdemeanor.
Supporters say the bill could be a boon for the restaurant and service industry. The change in the long-held 2 a.m. closing time has garnered the support of industry groups including the California Restaurant Association, the Golden Gate Restaurant Association and the San Francisco Chamber of Commerce.
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