Back From the Dead? South Carolina May Solidify Its Liquor Store Cap


Last year, South Carolina's Supreme Court struck down a state law that limited (to 3) the number of liquor stores a single owner could operate within the state. The court rejected the law under the state constitution since it was merely a form of raw economic protectionism. (R Street's Jarrett Dieterle wrote both an op-ed and a policy short about the case.)

Now, according to the Post & Courier, politicians in the Palmetto State might extend the cap anyways:

"Advocates of preserving South Carolina’s three-store limit for liquor licenses are hoping legislators quickly pass a bill to keep liquor off the shelves of grocery stores and pharmacies statewide.

The state Supreme Court struck down the limit last year as unconstitutional — a victory for Total Wine & More, which has stores in Charleston, Greenville and Columbia and wanted to open a fourth in South Carolina.

Days later, legislators passed a compromise maintaining the license limit for one year. That expires April 5. A bi-partisan bill up for debate on the S.C. House floor would preserve the cap indefinitely...."

Read the rest here.