Bubbly with your bob? Assembly OKs bill allowing beer and wine in salons

Bubbly with your bob? Assembly OKs bill allowing beer and wine in salons
California residents could be sipping mimosas (legally) while they get their hair styled under a bill that cleared the Assembly in a unanimous vote. (Kirk McKoy / Los Angeles Times)

Barbershops and hair salons in California are one step closer to being able to serve up alcohol alongside beauty services.

A bill that would allow beauty salons to provide beer and wine to customers free of charge passed the Assembly in a unanimous vote Thursday.

While many salons already offer drinks to customers while they are waiting, the practice is technically illegal, said David Miller, a spokesman for Assemblyman Tom Daly (D-Anaheim), who authored the bill.

Miller said Daly believes the issue is "one of those areas of law which needs to be updated to reflect modern realities."

Under state law, businesses must be licensed to serve alcoholic beverages. though limousine companies and hot air balloon ride services were exempted in the 1980s and 1990s, Miller said.

AB 1322 would extend the exemption to beauty salons and barbershops, allowing them to serve a maximum of 12 ounces of beer or six ounces of wine per client.

Under the law, drinks would have to be provided to customers free of charge, and could only be served during business hours, no later than 10 p.m.

The measure passed 74-0, according to a preliminary tally from the Assembly clerk.

It is expected to move to the Senate next for debate.

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