Today’s Washington Post brings news that the City Council approved an “emergency” law allowing bars and nightclubs to serve booze until 5 a.m. during Inauguration Week.
However, two Senate members of the Inaugural Committee, Dianne Feinstein (D-Cal.) and Robert Bennett (R-Utah), disagree, citing increased policing costs.
That’s where we come in! According to the Post:
Council member Mary M. Cheh (D-Ward 3), who supported the legislation, noted that Minneapolis allowed bars to serve alcohol for two extra hours, until 4 a.m., during the Republican National Convention.
“The prediction of dire consequences is a little over the top,” she said. “We’re the site of lots of demonstrations, celebrations. We know how to do this. I respect their view, but we should be the best judge of what happens locally.”
Congress can overrule district laws, so we’ll see how much clout the sober senators muster. But whoever thought we’d become Besotted Example to the Nation!
(And yes, I know: St. Paul allowed bars to serve booze two hours longer, too!)
[Hat tip: B.D.]