BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Bar owners who wish to stay open until 4 a.m. on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays would have to pay a $40,000 fee under a proposal to being considered by the East Baton Rouge Parish Metro Council meeting.

Some bar owners say the proposed annual fee to stay open an additional six hours a week is too onerous for any business other than a casino.

Councilman Ulysses "Bones" Addison, who in the past has supported measures that curb alcohol use, is sponsoring the proposal.

On Wednesday, The Advocate reports the Metro Council's finance and executive committee forwarded the 4 a.m. closing proposal to the full council without discussion and without a recommendation. The council is expected to vote next week on the measure.