Last Call for Alcohol

The proposal to extend bar hours in Colorado to 4:30 a.m. failed in the House yesterday. Representative Crisanta Duran, sponsor of the bill, asked her colleagues to vote no in order to have more time to return to the drawing board and address concerns from key stakeholders.

States including New York and Illinois allow establishments to sell alcohol up until 4 a.m. Colorado current law prohibits the sale of alcohol from 2 a.m. – 7 a.m. The measure would have allowed municipalities to decide whether to let bars stay open until 4:30 a.m.

Supporters of the bill argued that giving local government more control to determine closing time could potentially reduce large crowds let out at traditional closing times, particularly a concern in Lower Downtown Denver. Opponents argued extending hours could lead to more drinking and driving, and increase likelihood of accidents and DUIs.

Safe driving, reducing accidents and keeping the streets safe for residents of Denver is one of the strongest messages of The Sawaya Law Firm. We support this message by offering the Holiday Cab Ride program. This program offers free cab ride service to members of the community during the Holiday Season, St. Patrick’s Day, Cinco de Mayo, 4th of July and Halloween. It is our hope that the bill going back to the drawing board will put safety first.

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Michael established The Sawaya Law Firm in 1977 and built it into one of the largest personal injury law firms in Colorado, with more than 20 lawyers and 80 staff members serving clients from five offices located in Denver, Greeley and Colorado Springs. Throughout its history, the firm has stayed true to its 12 Core Values, which emphasize excellence in advocacy and a commitment to providing outstanding client service. Michael studied sociology and economics as an undergraduate student at The Colorado College, and he earned his law degree from the Texas Tech University School of Law. In addition to being involved in several legal and community organizations, Michael enjoys playing music and cooking, and he has written a book on spiritual matters.