Kentucky May Scrap Liquor License Quotas


Like many states, Kentucky currently limits the number of liquor licenses available in the state based on population. According to WCPO Cincinnati, however, state alcohol regulators have now proposed eliminating this licensing quota:

Alcohol regulators in Kentucky have filed a proposal that would repeal rules limiting the number of licenses available for retail package liquor stores and by-the-drink liquor sales.

The proposed administrative regulations are stirring opposition, the Lexington Herald-Leader reports. The Kentucky Alcoholic Beverage Control Board filed the proposal last month.

Retired Southern Baptist minister Donald R. Cole of Webster County says he fears “a bar or liquor store on every other corner” if the new regulations take effect...

The number of licenses is limited based on a community’s population -- one license per 2,300 people for package stores and one license per 2,500 people for drink sales...

The board, in an impact and analysis statement, said “eliminating quotas may encourage entrepreneurship, foster creativity for new business models and create jobs.”

“The board believes that market forces rather than arbitrary quota limits should determine the number of businesses competing in a community,” the analysis stated..."

Read the whole article here.

UPDATE: Some GOP lawmakers in Kentucky are planning to fight the plan to eliminate the quotas, arguing that it will lead to too many bars in the state.