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Bars Skeptical of Proposed 4 a.m. Last Call Bill

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A proposed bill would allow bar-goers in Michigan to stay out and indulge just a little bit longer.

Bars and restaurants in central business districts could pay the state to extend their last call to 4 AM.

Bar owners would have to purchase an after-hours permit.

That would cost $10,000 a year.

While the bill aims to increase alcohol sales, local bar owners say it will cost them more in wages, utilities, and upkeep.

Police say if bars were to extend their hours, they would have to reallocate staff to ensure people leaving the bars that early in the morning were being safe.