Colorado Rep. Crisanta Duran wanted to give cities more control in dealing with unruly crowds that flood out of bars and nightclubs en masse at 2 a.m. closing times. But her proposed bill was burdened with an array of amendments in recent weeks that changed the hours of when bars could sell alcohol and how cities could implement rules.
The bill was so altered by the amendments in the House, Duran came forward Monday to ask lawmakers to stop the measure. The amended bill would have allowed local municipalities to decide if bars could sell alcohol until 4:30 a.m. Current law mandates that all bars and nightclubs across the state stop selling alcohol at 2 a.m.
A barrage of fights and occasional shootings has plagued LoDo in recent years, and Duran said that extending closing hours is one way to address the problem. Denver Mayor Michael Hancock and some members of City Council supported the bill.
An amendment Duran tacked onto the measure last week that allowed local governments to restrict hours of operation for certain establishments caused key stakeholders like the Colorado Restaurant Association to withdraw support for the measure.
Moreover, groups like Mothers Against Drunk Driving said the bill would encourage drunken driving.