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5:03 pm
Mon November 26, 2012

Task Force Preparing Report on Kentucky Alcohol Laws

Kentucky’s Alcoholic Beverage Control Task Force will apparently steer clear of any major controversies with its recommendations.

Task force member Senator Jimmy Higdon says the panel wanted to have consensus on all proposed changes. He says the group stayed away from controversial alcohol laws like closing bars during elections, and preventing alcohol sales in groceries while allowing them in drug stores.

Higdon says the task force’s 25 to 30 recommendations will go into a bill to “clean up” some of the state’s other liquor laws.

“One of the...issues that we had in Kentucky...we have about 70 different licenses, and we wanted – we surveyed other states, and a lot of other states that have addressed this have gotten their liquor licenses or their alcohol licenses down to about 10,” Higdon said.

Higdon expects the General Assembly will also address more controversial alcohol law issues in the upcoming session outside the task force’s recommendations. The 22-member group plans to present its report in early December.