Atlanta's last call might be later

ATLANTA — The Atlanta City Council, which shortened serving hours for the city's bars six years ago after a series of shootings and complaints about late-night rowdiness, might consider reversing its decision.

City Councilman Kwanza Hall introduced legislation Monday requesting a study of extending the deadline to sell liquor from 2:30 a.m. to 4 a.m.

Council President Lisa Borders sent the legislation to a committee for further discussion.

Mr. Hall says the sales tax money from extending the hours could fund public safety improvements. He says the city could permit the longer hours in areas where it's practical.

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports that Finance-Executive committee Chairman Howard Shook says residents in his Buckhead-area district won't accept any changes.

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