Last year, South Carolina's supreme court struck down the state's liquor license cap for retail stores. Previously, the state had only allowed a single owner to operate up to 4 stores in the state, an arbitrary restriction that the court found to violate the state constitution. Ever since, lawmakers have been determined to reinstitute the cap in some form, and it appears they're on the brink of accomplishing that goal:
The House has approved a bill to re-establish the state’s limit on how many liquor stores a person or business can own.
In a 100-1 vote on Tuesday, the House agreed with a Senate proposal limiting licenses based on whether a country has a population of more than 250,000 people.
The new law keeps the limit of three stores except in seven counties which have a population over a quarter of a million.
In those counties, owners are allowed up to six stores.