HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) – A popular LGBTQ bar in Downtown Honolulu said new liquor commission laws discriminate against them.
Scarlet Night Club said under the new rules, investigators can close a business without prior notice or a hearing if they believe there is a violation of “an emergency order.”
Investigators would also be able to deny the renewal of liquor licenses based on reports.
Scarlet alleges two supervising investigators are biased against them and have criminal histories that make them unfit for the job.
The business is demanding the liquor commission to abandon the proposed changes and announce a decision by Friday — otherwise it will take legal action.
The liquor commission has not responded to HNN’s request for comment.
This story will be updated.
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