UPDATED: Public Hearing For Downtown Bar Ordinances

A double murder on the streets of Downtown Greenville prompted an array of action by City Council.

Thursday night Greenville leadership took one more step in what they hope will make the downtown streets safer.

City Council passed an ordinance Thursday night that will require bouncers employed by Greenville bars to pass a criminal background check and training program with Greenville's finest.

The ordinance does not require bars to hire bouncers, but if they do, they have until May 1st of 2010 to comply with the new rules.

Bouncers hired after that date will have a 60 day grace period to clear a criminal background check and attend a free training session given by police.

The ordinance will cover 25 public and private bars in Greenville.

Those bars employ nearly 250 bouncers.

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It's your chance to weigh in on proposed changes aimed at making Downtown Greenville bars and clubs safer.

The Greenville City Council holds a public hearing Thursday on two of their three proposed safety ordinances. One ordinance would prohibit clubs to hire bouncers with certain crimes in their past. The other would require bouncers to get training from the Greenville Police Department.

The push for these changes stems from the double murder outside the Other Place Nightclub in June.

The public hearing takes place at the city council meeting at 7 p.m. Thursday at Greenville City Hall.

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