Leno says he says he knows the bill could raise concerns about public safety. However, he believes it could also benefit the economy.
"Given that we compete, not only nationally but internationally, for conventions and visitors, we are at a disadvantage because our cities don't have this option," Leno said. "That's all it is. It imposes nothing on anybody."
The bill would only apply to restaurants and nightclubs; liquor stores would still have to close earlier.