Wisconsin moves ahead with later bar hours for convention

Updated: 11:46 a.m. on Feb. 13, 2020 

By SCOTT BAUER Associated Press

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Wisconsin wants to roll out the barrel into the early morning hours for people coming for the Democratic National Convention this summer.

Bars across the state will be able to stay open until 4 a.m. for the four nights of the convention under a bipartisan bill approved unanimously by a state Assembly committee on Thursday.

Expanding the hours had support from groups representing the state's bars, restaurants and tourism industries. The proposal originally allowed only bars in and around Milwaukee to stay open later, but it was expanded to statewide.

It must pass the Legislature and be signed by the governor before becoming law.

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Published: 10:26 a.m. on Feb. 13, 2020 

By SCOTT BAUER Associated Press

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Wisconsin bars could remain open until 4 a.m. during the Democratic National Convention in Milwaukee this summer under a bill approved by a state Assembly Committee.

The vote Thursday brings the measure one step closer to passage in the state Legislature.

There's a bipartisan push to allow for expanded bar hours during the July 13-16 convention, as has been done in other states, to capitalize on the estimated 50,000 people who will be in and around Milwaukee for the event.

The bill would allow bars all across the state, not just those in Milwaukee, to stay open until 4 a.m.

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