Tennessee's "Residency Requirement" for Liquor Stores Struck Down by Court


Tennessee has a unique rule requiring would-be liquor store owners to live in the state for at least two years before being able to obtain a liquor license. According to Waller Blogs, a federal appellate court recently confirmed a previous decision striking the law down: 

"The verdict is in. The two-year residency requirement for Tennessee liquor stores is officially dead. Again.

This week, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit upheld a lower court finding that Tennessee residency requirements violate the Commerce Clause of the U.S. Constitution.  The court struck down portions of state law that require a liquor store owner to live in Tennessee for at least two years prior to applying and to be a resident for 10 years to renew a liquor store license.

This quote pretty much sums up the court’s finding: 'The Twenty-first Amendment gives a state the power to oversee the alcoholic-beverages business, but it does not give a state the power to dictate where individuals live.'..."

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