The Governor's Task Force on the Study of Alcoholic Beverage Control Laws is scheduled to meet in Louisville today. Chairman Bob Vance says the meeting allows the public to comment on issues involving licensing, local option elections, and public safety issues involving the sale of alcoholic beverages.
Murray’s Alcohol Beverage Control Administrator has issued the city’s first retail alcohol licenses. Sergeant Kendra Clere says two gas stations and a pharmacy received beer licenses today. Clere expects to issue more alcohol licenses this week as state ABC officials confirm more applications. However, package alcohol stores will likely not open for several more weeks because the process of reviewing those applications takes longer.
Individuals are filing alcohol license applications in Princeton. City Alcohol Beverage Control Administrator Brent Thompson says six convenience stores have applied for beer licenses, and one restaurant has put in a liquor-by-the-drink license application. Thompson’s also received four requests for package store licenses. State regulation limits the city to only two package stores. Thompson says state ABC officials will decide who gets a license.
Alcohol Beverage Control inspectors are evaluating locations in Murray that have applied for alcohol licenses. City ABC Administrator Sergeant Kendra Clere says the 30-day window for licenses closed last week. State quotas limit Murray to eight package liquor stores and seven taverns.
A recent ruling by a federal judge has turned Kentucky's liquor sales environment into a state of confusion.
The judge struck down Kentucky laws that prohibit liquor sales in grocery stores and gas stations, calling it unconstitutional. He has since decided to place that ruling on hold to let Kentucky lawmakers see if they can write a better law.