Bill about bar memberships passes Senate

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WILMINGTON, NC (WECT) - A controversial rule involving private bars and nightclubs may soon be history.

The North Carolina Senate has approved legislation that would eliminate the three day waiting period to join a private bar or nightclub.

"The nightclubs aren't going to be able to discriminate anymore, so the Marines shouldn't have a problem getting in," said Andrew Flynn who works at Hell's Kitchen in downtown Wilmington. "And they're not going to have an excuse to not let them in. It's going to be good, and it's going to make downtown better"

Proponents of the bill say the rule is archaic and discriminatory.

In downtown Wilmington, there have been bars known to turn away those in the military due to disorderly conduct. A year ago, Wilmington bar owners and military personnel met to talk about the policy.

The bill now goes to Governor Bev Perdue's desk.

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