Report recommends 34 changes to state’s ‘antiquated and confusing’ alcohol laws
by Franklin Clark, Reporter -- fclark@cadizrecord.com
Jan 23, 2013 | 5 5 recommendations | email to a friend | print
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Earlier this month, Governor Steve Beshear’s Task Force on Kentucky’s Alcoholic Beverage Control Laws released its report earlier this month, after a five-month study Kentucky’s alcohol laws.

Dick Brown, media contact for the Kentucky Public Protection Cabinet, called said laws “antiquated and confusing,” and said it will now be up to the Kentucky General Assembly to write laws to “eliminate duplicative, confusing and unnecessary licensing laws and regulations.”

There are 34 recommended changes in the report. Currently, there isn’t a definition of territory, and the first recommendation is to include the definition of territory that existed in a law that was repealed in 1998.

After Trigg County voted to become “wet” in September 2009, residents of the Montgomery Precinct petitioned for a vote to have that precinct become “dry” again. The Kentucky Supreme Court ruled in 2011 that they could, but they would have to wait until three years after the countywide referendum.

It has been three years and almost four months since the referendum, so they would be able to file a new petition, but so far none has been made public. Don Thomas, a Benton-based attorney who represented the Montgomery petitioners, said he hasn’t heard from them since the 2011 ruling.

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