Police juror Cloris Boudreaux made a motion for police jury attorney Paul Moresi III to begin drafting a new ordinance that would change the closing times of rural bars to 2 a.m.
The police jurors are expected to talk more about what to put in the new ordinance at next week’s committee meeting .
Boudreaux, along with Kaplan Mayor Kirk Champagne, are pushing to get the bar closing times moved to 2 a.m. because of a recent death near Forked Island.
The person killed was leaving a bar near Forked Island at 3:30 a.m.
Boudreaux said after Monday’s police jury meeting the police jurors wants to take their time and make sure the new bar closing ordinance is worded correctly before all jurors vote on it.
Last week parish mayors and chiefs of police meeting was held in Abbeville. The main topic was the bar closing ordinance. In all towns, with the exception of Maurice, the closing time for bars is 2 a.m. In Maurice it is 3 a.m. At the mayors’ meeting, there was talk about pushing the towns’ and rural bar closing ordinance to 3 a.m. like in Maurice.
Boudreaux, who attended the meeting, said no mayors liked that idea.
“Pushing the time back did not solve the problem,” Boudreaux said.