LANSING, Mich. (WLNS) — Last call for alcohol in bars and restaurants could be extended two hours across the state.
This week, House lawmakers approved House Bill 4213. The bill would extend the hours that bars and restaurants can sell alcohol. The cut off time is now 2:00 a.m. and with this bill, that would change to 4:00 a.m.
“It depends on the bars business plan and their location and what they want to do,” said Michigan Licensed Beverage Association Executive Director Scott Ellis. “It gives this bar the right to, if they’re in a downtown area that maybe has a lot of conferences and people coming from all over and they’re from other cities that have late night, like Chicago and elsewhere and they’re used to not going out until late. It’ll give that opportunity.”
The bill still needs to make its way to the Senate. If it’s passed, it would need Governor Gretchen Whitmer’s approval to become law.
“Then cities can opt in to do this so let’s say the city of Lansing can choose to allow sales until 4:00 a.m. then the bars and restaurants and the liquor license holders would then be able to apply for that extra hour sale permit to do that and stay open to 4:00 o’clock,” Ellis said.
6 News spoke to a member on Lansing’s City Council to get his take on these extended hours.
Lansing City Council President said, “You’ll see a willingness from the council to at least have the discussion and see if the businesses that would be affected and the residents around them are interested in such a move.”