The Legislature Strikes Back: KY Lawmakers Resist Uncapping State Liquor Licenses


As previously noted, Kentucky liquor regulators recently proposed scrapping the state's quota system for liquor licenses (which limits licenses based on population). According to the Lexington Herald-Leader, some state legislators are resistant to the idea and a key Senate committee has now approved a bill that would block regulators from changing the quota:

Retail liquor dealers won their first fight Tuesday in the Kentucky legislature against state alcohol officials, who have proposed scrapping limits on the number of liquor stores in the state.

On an 8-3 vote, a Senate committee signed off on Senate Bill 110, a measure sponsored by Senate President Pro Tempore Jimmy Higdon, that would stop Gov. Matt Bevin’s administration from eliminating the state’s liquor license quota system...

Higdon, R-Lebanon, said his bill would write into law existing state regulations that limit the number of licenses available for retail package liquor stores and by-the-drink sales of liquor... Higdon argued that ending the quota system would hurt existing liquor businesses and betray voters who approved alcohol sales with the understanding that the number of stores would be limited..."

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