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Bars can briefly be open later (new law)

Published (5/16/2008)
By Craig Green
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During the upcoming Republican National Convention bars can be open later for those wanting a drink.

As part of this years omnibus liquor law, signed by Gov. Tim Pawlenty May 15, any licensing organization fully or partially within the seven-county Twin Cities metropolitan area can issue special permits allowing establishments to serve alcohol until 4 a.m. from Aug. 31 to Sept. 5.

Sponsored by Rep. Joe Atkins (DFL-Inver Grove Heights) and Sen. Dan Skogen (DFL-Hewitt), the law allows local authorities to charge up to $2,500 for the permits, available only to holders of an existing on-sale liquor license or a 3.2 malt liquor license. The section is effective May 16, 2008.

Also effective May 16, 2008, farm wineries are permitted to manufacture and sell up to 5,000 gallons of distilled spirits per year, and passengers in a vehicle that is operated for commercial purposes in a manner similar to a bicycle would be permitted to consume alcohol.


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