Council extends the party for daylight savings day
If you're going to lose an hour of sleep for daylight savings time next month, why not lose it in a bar?
That's the message the D.C. Council sent Tuesday when it approved emergency legislation giving bars and nightclubs the option of staying open until 4 a.m. on daylight savings day, which occurs this year on March 13.
The proposal, sponsored by Council member Jim Graham (D-Ward) and Council Chairman Kwame Brown (D), is designed to clear up confusion over what time city bars have to stop serving liquor when the clock moves from 2 a.m. to 3 a.m. for daylight savings time.
District bars have to stop serving at 3 a.m. on Fridays and Saturdays. That has meant they lose an hour of business on the day daylight savings time begins.
Under emergency legislation approved by a vote of 11 to 1, bars can keep serving this year until 4 a.m. if they pay a $100 registration fee to the city. The bill also includes a provision giving Police Chief Cathy Lanier the power to block an establishment from staying open that extra hour if would be "a danger to the public health, safety or welfare."
"In last several years, I have received a number of complaints from businesses licensed by the (Alcohol Control Board) that they lose an hour of business," Graham said. "This bill addresses those concerns for the upcoming spring."
Council member Phil Mendelson (D-At large) was the only member to vote against the legislation. Mendelson questioned why the council was rushing the proposal as emergency legislation.
"I am not aware of this being a problem in the past 35 years of Home Rule," Mendelson said. "They lose an hour when we spring forward, but then we are not proposing to take back the hour they gain in the fall."
| February 15, 2011; 11:51 AM ET
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