Trump Hotel Liquor License Safe (For Now)


Recently, a petition was submitted to the D.C. Alcoholic Beverage Control Board to revoke the liquor license of the Trump Hotel in Washington, D.C. The petition was based on the requirement that license holders must exhibit “good moral character,” a standard which the petitioners argued President Donald Trump had not lived up to. Politico reports that the petition was rejected (for now):

Citing a technicality, a Washington, D.C., board on Wednesday refused to review a liquor license held by Trump International Hotel to determine whether the building's owner, President Donald Trump, meets the "good character" test required to serve alcohol in the city.

The Alcoholic Beverage Control Board questioned the timing of a complaint against the hotel, saying a character review couldn't be conducted until the hotel applies to renew its license in March.

The decision was unanimous, with two members of the seven-member board not in attendance.

A lawyer for the complainants said they would appeal…

Read the rest here.

(The use of good moral character clauses has an interesting and troubling history in the occupational licensing context, as R Street’s Jonathan Haggerty has previously written about).