On Wednesday, the Senate passed legislation that would keep in place a rule banning a new liquor store from opening within a half-mile of an existing store, with a few exemptions in place. This rule had been a long-standing practice by the Liquor Control Commission (LCC) for years and a LCC rule for decades. However, the LCC rescinded the rule earlier this year.
Prior to the Senate passing the bill, the Joint Committee on Administrative Rules heard testimony from business owners on the negative effect they felt would occur to both their businesses and communities as a result. Since the legislature cannot overturn the decision of the LCC, both chambers will need to pass the legislation in order to codify the half-mile rule into law. The bill was referred to the House Regulatory Reform Committee for consideration.
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