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D.C. Council Committee Rejects Gray’s Plan For Extra Bar Hours

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D.C. Mayor Vincent C. Gray. (Photo Credit: Alex Wong / Getty Images)

D.C. Mayor Vincent C. Gray. (Photo Credit: Alex Wong / Getty Images)

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WASHINGTON (AP) — A District of Columbia council committee has rejected a revenue-raising proposal to extend bar hours.

The Human Services Committee by a 3-2 vote on Wednesday rejected the proposal by Mayor Vincent Gray, who wanted to keep bars open an extra hour. The proposal was aimed at raising an extra $3.2 million in revenue through additional alcohol sales.

The council recommended that the District instead raise its alcohol tax by 6 cents per drink. But a spokesman for the mayor says Gray doesn’t want new taxes.

The council did, however, recommend that beer and wine stores can open at 7 a.m. instead of 9 a.m., except for on Sundays, and approved extra bar hours during the presidential inauguration.

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