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House repasses tax bill amended with extended Super Bowl bar hours

By Lee Ann Schutz
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The omnibus tax bill, including a few extra hours for Super Bowl revelry, is headed to the governor.

In a 95-29 vote Thursday, HF1 was repassed with a Senate amendment that would allow 4 a.m. bar closing around the days when the 2018 Super Bowl will be held in Minneapolis. It was passed 44-20 by the Senate Wednesday.

The closing time would not be restricted to the Twin Cities metropolitan area, and would allow licensing jurisdictions to issue special permits for bars to sale intoxicating liquor up to 4 a.m. only from Feb. 2, 2018 - Feb. 5, 2018.

A fee up to but not to exceed $250 for a permit may be charged.

The provision was in the omnibus liquor bill, HF68, tabled in the regular session after Rep. Debra Hilstrom (DFL-Brooklyn Center) successfully offered an amendment that sunk the House floor debate. Her amendment proposed to delete four sections of the bill directly related to brewery off-sales. 

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