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Liquor Board denies extended hours

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SEATTLE, Wash.-- The Washington Liquor Control Board votes 2-1 denying Seattle bar owner's requests to serve alcohol past 2 a.m.

In Washington, liquor sales are prohibited between the hours of 2 a.m. and 6 a.m.

Board member Ruthann Kurose and Board Chair Sharon Foster voted against the city's proposal due to concerns about public safety and the burden neighboring cities would bear.

Board member Chris Marr was the only one to support bars staying open later.

Keeping bars open as late as 6 a.m. was part of Mayor Mike McGinn's Seattle Nightlife Initiative. Police agreed with McGinn saying the initiative would stagger the crowds leaving bars at 2 a.m. Police believed the initiative would make streets more user friendly. Those against the initiative said crime would increase and so would drunk driving.

Seattle business owners thought extended hours would increase profits.