Later closing time for Colorado bars: Lawmakers review proposal Wednesday

DENVER - Colorado cities and towns could have the power to extend bar hours under a proposal from state lawmakers.

A bill getting its first hearing in a House committee Wednesday would let municipalities decide whether to allow bars to stay open past 2 a.m. Current law prohibits the sale of alcohol from 2 a.m. to 7 a.m.

Democratic Rep. Crisanta Duran, one of the lawmakers sponsoring the bill, says the purpose is to give local governments more discretion to set the times when bars can sell alcohol.

Duran, whose district includes LoDo, says "it's all about a steady process, as people leave throughout the night and bars close at different times. Everyone isn't just pouring out of bars all at once."