Brown: stakeholder meetings planned for feedback on later last-call proposal

    There’s a long way to go before Philadelphia can even consider keeping its bars open later, but Councilwoman Blondell Reynolds Brown has her sights set on success.

    When Council met last week for the first time in 2012, Brown proposed extending last call at city bars to 3 a.m., with the per-drink tax revenue going toward the School District of Philadelphia.

    Reaction was mixed, which is why Brown tells City Paper in an interview that stakeholder meetings are in order to get a better sense of public opinion.
    Sandy Stewart, a Tacony resident and 6th District Republican City Council candidate in the 2011 election, was in Council chambers last week to speak out against the proposal unless the city considers restricting later hours to entertainment districts.

    Even if Philadelphia OKs the ordinance, approval is needed at the state level.

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