PORT ALLEN, La. (AP) — Port Allen Councilman Irvrie Johnson has proposed that the city's nightclubs and bars may be permitted to stay open just a little longer.

But the extended hours won't be used to sell alcoholic beverages; instead the extra time will be used by employees to clean up the establishments.

The Advocate reports city and parish laws now force nightclubs to shut their doors at 2 a.m. Monday through Saturday and at 10 p.m. on Sundays, and everyone, including the staff, must leave the premises at closing time.

Most council members said they could support the extension, but added that bar owners may have to be given explicit stipulations to ensure they are following the law.

The council is expected to revisit the issue during its meeting Wednesday.

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