Liquor Law Reform Makes Little Progress

A Kentucky legislative leader says progress on reforming the state’s liquor laws  is slow going. Last year, a federal judge threw out the state law that blocks grocery stores and gas stations from selling wine and spirits. That same judge later stayed his ruling to prevent a sudden surge in liquor retailers and to allow Kentucky lawmakers to re-write the regulations.

But House Speaker Greg Stumbo says so far, no one has put forward a proposal to properly address the issue. “Everyone hopes that there will be some sort of reasonable proposal from the entire industry that takes in consideration the court’s ruling," said Stumbo. "To date I haven’t seen that.”Stumbo interprets the court’s ruling as a call for a uniform law for selling alcohol in groceries and pharmacies.