Pawlenty signs bill allowing longer bar hours during RNC

Associated Press

ST. PAUL — Bars in the Twin Cities area will probably stay open a few hours later during the Republican National Convention.

Gov. Pawlenty signed a bill Thursday that will allow local governments to extend bar hours until 4 a.m. in the seven-county Twin Cities metropolitan area during the convention. The current cutoff time for bars is 2 a.m.

From August 31st to September 5th, bars will be able to stay open later as long as the cities where they are located agree to the change. Local governments would be allowed to charge special permit fees of up to $2,500.

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