If one District of Columbia councilman gets his way, tavern owners in the city would be forced to submit mounds of new paperwork to the city about noise levels in their establishments.
City councilman Vincent Orange introduced the legislation earlier this month. It would force any business with a liquor license to measure internal noise levels on an hourly basis between the hours of 9 p.m. and 4 a.m. every night it is open. In addition, the businesses will be required to record the levels on a paper form and submit the form to the city’s Alcoholic Beverage Regulation Administration at the end of each week.
Businesses that failed to comply would face a warning for the first violation, a fine between $500 and $1,000 for the second, a 15-day suspension of their liquor license for the third, and a revocation of their license for the fourth.
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