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Legislation re-introduced in state House to allow bars to remain open past 4 A.M.

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Legislation that would allow bars to stay open until 4 a.m. has been re-introduced in the Michigan House.

Similar legislation was passed by state representatives last year, and won approval in a senate committee, but was not taken up by the full senate before the end of the session.

Sponsor Ryan Berman is a Republican from Commerce Township. He says local control is important.

“So it’s not statewide. It’s not broad, and it doesn’t go to 4 a.m. on day one. It’s those local communities that, if it’s a good fit for their community, with their resources, with their establishments, what their culture is, that they can opt in.”

Establishments choosing to opt in would need to apply for a late-night permit with the Michigan Liquor Control Commission.

A state House committee is expected to consider the legislation Tuesday.