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PIERRE -- A legislative committee gave its endorsement Wednesday to letting Deadwood hotels sell alcohol and allow on-site consumption 24 hours a day.

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That would align with gambling already allowed round-the-clock in the local casinos.

An establishment would need to have at least 10 lodging rooms to qualify. The 24-hour window would apply to adjacent premises as well.

Supporters said the goals are to help Deadwood be more competitive as a visitor destination and to give casino employees and others an opportunity to relax at an establishment after their work shifts end.

Bar hours across South Dakota currently are 7 a.m. through 2 a.m.

The change to 24 hours wouldn't affect any other community in South Dakota and wouldn't apply to tribal casinos, according to lawyer Roger Tellinghuisen. He is a lobbyist for Deadwood Resorts Association.