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Tuesday Council Hearing on Proposed D.C. Alcohol Law Changes

by Borderstan.com — May 7, 2012 at 7:45 am 0

From Alden Leonard. Contact him at alden[AT]borderstan.com and follow him @aldenleonard on Twitter.

Councilman Jim Graham (D-Ward 1), head of the Health and Human Services Committee, announced a public hearing coming up this Tuesday, May 8 to hear opinions on the proposed changes to D.C.’s alcohol sales laws. The hearing will take place at 11 a.m. in Room 412 of the John Wilson Building at 1350 Pennsylvania Avenue NW.

DC, Council, Wilson, Building

The DC Council is based at the Wilson Building, 14th and Pennsylvania NW. (Luis Gomez Photos)

The hearing will focus on the proposals of the ABC [Alcoholic Beverage Control] Working Group, which is comprised of Advisory Neighborhood Commissions (ANCs) and Citizens’ Association representatives, as well as members of the nightlife industry. In addition to alcohol laws, the Working Group will address noise issues and the so-called overconcentration of alcohol licenses.

Gray’s proposal would allow  bars to stay open one hour later.  The proposed changes would generate extra revenue for the D.C. Government.

The later serving hours has already hit a snag in the DC Council. As WTOP reported Thursday, “The D.C. Council committee that oversees the District’s Alcohol Beverage Regulation Administration voted 3 to 2 against extending the times bars and nightclubs can serve alcohol.”

For more information, contact Malcolm Cameron at the Committee on Human Services with questions: mcameron[AT]dccouncil.us or (202) 724-8191.

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