Bill to push back bar closing during GOP convention is off the table

  • Updated: March 11, 2008 - 12:53 PM

A push for later bar hours during the Republican National Convention reached an early end Monday.

A mere eight hours after a Minnesota state senator introduced legislation to give convention visitors two more hours of drinking, the bill was pulled from consideration.

Senate Commerce and Consumer Protection Committee Chairwoman Linda Scheid, who was sponsoring the bill, withdrew it after hearing that police officials were nervous about the change and after getting mixed signals from people gearing up for the convention.

The legislation would have temporarily pushed bar closing time to 4 a.m. from the mandatory close of no later than 2 a.m. at all other times. The later bar hours would have applied in the seven-county Twin Cities area from Aug. 29 to Sept. 8.

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