Bars may stay open longer
Chase County, Imperial boards have not acted on later opening option
By Carolyn Lee
The Imperial Republican
As of July 14, cities and counties in Nebraska have the option of approving a later closing time for bars and restaurants. The closing time could be moved from 1 a.m. to 2 a.m., due to LB 861.
That bill was passed at the last legislative session and signed into law by Gov. Dave Heineman in April.
The bill allows local governments to decide whether they want to embrace the later closing time. The local control provision was important for the plan to win support in the unicameral.
Most states allow bars to stay open until 2 a.m. However, Nevada has no closing time and Alaska bars shut down at 5 a.m.
Nebraska’s legislation comes as many states have moved to loosen blue laws and other alcohol-related measures, in many cases to boost revenue.
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