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Extended Service Hours Public Hearing on Monday, March 12

On Monday, March 12 the Washington State Liquor Control Board (LCB) will hold a public hearing on a proposed rule change that would allow local governments to petition the LCB to extend service hours within local jurisdictions.

The hearing will take place in Seattle City Hall at 600 4th Avenue from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in the Bertha Knight Landes room on the first floor.

The Board is tentatively scheduled to consider the rules and make a decision on May 16. If approved, September 19 is the tentative date the rules would be effective. At that point, local governments would be able to petition the Board to expand service hours. Under current rules, alcohol service is prohibited from 2 a.m. to 6 a.m.

Written comments can be sent to the Liquor Control Board through May 7 at rules@liq.wa.gov.

Additional information about the proposal is available at the Liquor Control Board website.

In 2010, the City Council passed a law I sponsored called the Nighttime Disturbance Ordinance. This ordinance allows Seattle Police officers to issue citations for making unreasonable noise, threatening persons, or fighting from midnight to 5 a.m. in Seattle’s mixed-use neighborhoods. A history of that ordinance is available in Urban Politics #297.

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