County to Change Last Call for Alcohol

DECATUR, Ga. (AP) _ The DeKalb County Commission is schedued to
vote today on a proposal to reduce alcohol pouring times from 4 a.m. to 2 a.m. six days a week.

The plan calls for a deadline of midnight on Sunday.

Establishments now can pour drinks until 3:55 a.m. five days a week. Last call ends an hour earlier on Sunday and Monday mornings.

The earlier limits would apply only to bars in unincorporated DeKalb County and would put the county in line with other jurisdictions in the metro Atlanta area. The plan's sponsor, Commissioner Jeff Rader, says Atlanta's decision to reduce its bar hours four years ago made DeKalb County an early morning party destination.

DeKalb's Chief Executive Officer Vernon Jones has said he will veto any rollback plan. He says it would deprive the county of tax revenue from early morning alcohol sales.

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