Tilley filed the bill on Jan. 5, and it passed out of the House Local Government Committee on Jan. 27. Cadiz Mayor Lyn Bailey and other city officials were present for the local government committee meeting but weren’t asked to comment on it.
The legislation, which will then need to pass the State Senate, would change Cadiz from a Class Five City to a Class Four City. A Class Four City has a population of between 3,000 and 7,999. State Senator Ken Winters will sponsor the legislation when it arrives at the Senate.
“Advancing from a city of the fifth class to a city of the fourth class is important for economic development reasons as it show progress in the area,” said Tilley.
If Cadiz becomes a Class Four City, it will allow restaurants in the city and county to sell distilled spirits by the glass in addition to beer and wine, said Linda Humbert of Grow Trigg.
At one of its meetings in November last year, the Cadiz City Council passed a resolution asking for the city to be reclassified, partly on the grounds that the city’s population is more than the official count suggests.
Bailey said he wasn’t given a timeline for when the bill would reach the state senate, but he has high hopes for the bill easily passing in that chamber as well.
“We have a good feeling about this bill,” Bailey said, adding that he spoke to Winters and State Senator Joey Pendleton about the bill.
The bill will have to go through a similar process in the state senate, and if it passes in that chamber, Kentucky Governor Steve Beshear will either veto it or sign it into law.
Humbert said that although the bill is already on its way to the Senate, she doesn’t think the governor will take action on it until June, which is when he looks at other bills, so the city won’t be affected by the bill until then, at the very least.
In other business, four more businesses in Trigg County received licenses to sell beer without any reported problems, bringing the total to seven. Trigg County Alcohol Beverage Control Officer Jay Geiger reported that the Beer Store on Blue Springs road and both Max Fuel Express stores near Interstate 24 received licenses last week, and the Minit Mart on Main Street received one the week before that.
However, one Max Fuel Express store is in the Montgomery precinct, and if the alcohol election had been allowed to go through and the residents of that precinct voted for it to be dry, its beer license would have been null and void within 60 days of the certification of the election, Geiger said.
Geiger also reported that no relevant problems or violations have been reported to him since the first beers were sold in Trigg County. He also said that he won’t know what the sales figures are until tax reports are received Monday.
Geiger also said it could be several more weeks before any package liquor licenses are granted in the county as the state is still in the process of reviewing the applicants and deciding who will receive the five package liquor licenses.