Proposal would keep bars open past 2 am

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DENVER (AP) Bars and nightclubs in downtown Denver, where drunk patrons often make mass exits at closing time, could stay open and serve alcohol until 7 a.m. under proposed legislation.

Rep. Crisanta Duran, a Democrat from Denver and the bill's sponsor, tells The Denver Post the would-be law aims at helping the city deal with unruly crowds that leave bars in droves, especially in Lower Downtown.

Duran, whose district includes LoDo, says "it's all about a steady process, as people leave throughout the night and bars close at different times. Everyone isn't just pouring out of bars all at once."

Under the proposal, local jurisdictions could reset hours alcohol can be sold by bars and restaurants. That means some cities might prohibit bars from selling alcohol even before the 2 a.m. law currently in place.

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