- Associated Press - Monday, January 27, 2014

DENVER (AP) - This week’s Bill To Watch in the Colorado Legislature

THE BILL:

House Bill 1132, allowing bars to stay open past the current closing time of 2 a.m.

WHAT IT DOES:

The bill allows local governments to decide how late bars and other places with liquor licenses in their jurisdiction can stay open to serve alcohol. Current law prohibits the sale of alcohol between the hours of 2 a.m. to 7 a.m.

WHO WANTS IT?

The proposal is being sponsored by two Democrats - Rep. Crisanta Duran and Sen. Pat Steadman, members of the powerful budget-writing Joint Budget Committee.

HOW MUCH WILL IT COST?

Fiscal analysts have not finalized an estimate of what costs, if any, the bill may have on local governments. Duran said municipalities that decide to extend bar hours would have to analyze what law enforcement costs they may incur.

WHERE IT STANDS:

The bill is up for its first hearing Wednesday in the House Local Government Committee.

WHAT THEY’RE SAYING:

“The bill is really a local control issue and giving local governments more discretion to set the times in which alcohol is sold.” - Duran.

READ THE BILL AND FOLLOW IT:

http://goo.gl/Nz2QTJ