Updated 10/11/2012 11:08 PM
Albany City Council talks Cabaret Law
The Albany Common Council took up the controversial Cabaret Law. It is the law puts limits on when bars can put on live music. Erin Vannella has more.
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ALBANY, N.Y. -- Two amendments to the Albany Common Council's controversial Cabaret Law were held Thursday night for further discussion.
One suggested amendment would've lifted established closing times and allowed people under the age of 21 into cabarets after 11 p.m. Council members say they understand the argument that some venues thrive on business from younger customers, but suggested the issue be addressed on a case by case basis.
“We have an appeals process and during that appeals process, if you pout the reason why you need underage persons in there and the board would look at it and if it was appropriate they would allow establishments to have under 21," Jeffrey Jamison said.
The law now requires businesses to apply for licenses from the city and pay an annual fee to hold live entertainment. The city many places now host live entertainment without the proper permission.