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Bill to allow cities to keep bars open after 2 a.m. passes Colorado House

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DENVER — A bill that would make it possible for bars stay open later than 2 a.m. passed the Colorado House and is being considered by the State Senate.

HB 17-1123 passed its third reading in the House on Wednesday. The bill would allow local governments to pass ordinances to allow bars in their jurisdiction to stay open later.

“The best decisions are made locally,” Rep. Steve Lebsock, D-District 34, the primary sponsor of the bill, said in January.

The bill is also sponsored by Rep. Dan Thurlow, R-District 55, and Sen. Vicki Marble, R-District 23.

If the bill passes, it would likely take effect in August.

Across the country, 2 a.m. is the standard last call for establishments that serve alcohol, but some states have different rules, including Nevada, where there is never a last call.

Some casinos in Black Hawk, Central City and Cripple Creek also serve alcohol around the clock.

Proponents of letting bars stay open later say staggering closing times can improve public safety by reducing the number of patrons trying to leave an area at the same time.

But some public safety groups argue that keeping bars open later might lead to overconsumption and more drunken drivers on the roads.