A bill in the South Dakota Legislature allowing Deadwood hotel bars to serve liquor 24 hours a day is drawing the ire of saloon owners who say the measure hurts them and discourages investment in the western gambling town's downtown.
The bill that passed the House on a 36-33 vote would allow Deadwood bars in hotels with 10 or more rooms to serve liquor around the clock.
The proposal was generated by an alliance of casino hotels calling itself the Deadwood Resorts Association. Lobbyist Roger Tellinghuisen says it would help draw more tourists.
But saloon co-owner Louie Lalonde says it would give preferential treatment to casino resorts and devalue Main Street businesses that can sell for only 19 hours a day.
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