Tempers flare over latest effort to expand liquor sales in Colorado

Colorado lawmakers debated a late-session effort to allow big-box stores like Walmart and Target to sell liquor in multiple stores in the same manner as grocery stores in the state. But the measure was ultimately killed in committee, as Brian Eason reports for The Denver Post:

"After a raucous debut, last call came early for a bill expanding alcohol sales in Colorado.

With no discussion Friday morning, the House Appropriations Committee rejected the controversial measure 5-8, declining to send it on to the full House floor for a vote.

House Bill 1370 would have allowed liquor stores to expand to up to nine locations under 10 years. Walmart also would have been allowed to expand alcohol sales to up to 20 locations over 20 years, putting them on a level playing field with grocery stores under a broad overhaul passed last year..."

Read more here: http://www.denverpost.com/2017/05/05/colorado-alcohol-sales-bill-killed/

The Colorado Stateman also has coverage of these legislative happenings: https://www.coloradostatesman.com/late-liquor-license-bill-pits-smaller-stores-against-some-local-retail-giants/

DrinksReform.org has previously covered the Colorado debate around expanding liquor retail outlets here, here, and here.