The Florida House just passed a bill that would allow grocery stores, gas stations, and other retail outlets in the state to start selling liquor right alongside beer, wine, and other goods. The bill already passed the state Senate, so it is now headed straight to the governor's desk. R Street applauded this development in a press release:
The walls separating Florida’s supermarkets and big box stores from their liquor-store annexes could soon be coming down, as state lawmakers have approved a bill that would allow beer and wine retailers throughout the state to add liquor to their shelves.
Under S.B 106, passed today by the Florida House, the addition of hard alcohol to the shelves of everyone from big box stores to larger gas stations will occur in phases over the next five years. Stores still would be prohibited to sell liquor within 1,000 feet of schools and required to keep “mini” bottles stored behind the counter.
“It is important to understand that this initiative is being driven by consumer demand,” noted Christian R. Cámara, R Street’s Southeast region director. “At the end of the day, this is really about treating adults as adults.” ...