Bill to allow liquor stores to multiply their locations dies in Colorado Legislature

Recent liquor retail reform efforts appear to have ground to a halt in Colorado, as reported by the Denver Business Journal:

"Members of the Colorado Senate on Thursday told liquor stores they’ll have to be happy with the cap that exists in law.

The move comes after they first barred Walmart and Target from expanding the number of alcohol-sales licenses they can get.

Without comment as to why, the Senate Appropriations Committee killed Senate Bill 199, sponsored by Republican Sen. Tim Neville of Littleton and Democratic Sen. Andy Kerr of Lakewood, by a margin of 4-3.

The bill would have let locally owned liquor stores, which can get no more than four more licenses to open new locations over the next 20 years, to achieve parity with grocery stores and get as many as 19 new licenses by the year 2037..."

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