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Metro Council approves elimination of the 2:00am to 4:00am Retail Package Liquor License

Thursday October 24, 2013

For Immediate release:
Louisville Metro Council
Democratic Caucus
Contact: Tony Hyatt 574-4137 / 526-3622

Louisville – By a vote of 15 to 7, the Louisville Metro Council on Thursday night approved an ordinance that eliminates the retail package sale of alcohol and malt beverages between the hours of 2:00am to 4:00am in Metro Louisville.

“I thank my colleagues for their support. This is an important effort to improve the public health and safety in our neighborhoods and the quality of life for our residents,” said Councilwoman Cheri Bryant Hamilton (D-5), primary sponsor of the ordinance. “Early closing laws will hopefully address many of the crime issues that police are called to respond to on and near many of these establishments in the early morning hours. Residents will no longer have to protest extended hour license applications in their neighborhoods.”

The ordinance eliminates the license for all package retail alcohol sales including beer. Jefferson County is the only county in the Commonwealth of Kentucky that offered a package alcohol beverage license for 2:00am to 4:00am.

“This vote shows our colleagues are ready to help us make a change for West Louisville,” said Woolridge. “We have problems other areas of our city do not face but passage of this ordinance shows they are ready to help us.”

The ordinance was also sponsored by Council members Marianne Butler (D-15), Attica Scott (D-1), Barbara Shanklin (D-2), Mary C. Woolridge (D-3), Councilman David James (D-6), Rick Blackwell (D-12), David Tandy (D-4) and Dan Johnson (D-21).

“This is a great day for many of our neighborhoods,” said James. “Thanks to the support we have received tonight from council members, we can begin to make a difference in lowering crime and improving our neighborhoods.”

“Many of us know there are way too many liquor stores in our districts,” said Shanklin. “This ordinance is one tool to help us control what has become a problem for many of us.”

Collectively, the sponsoring council districts house 23 of the 35 current 2:00am to– 4:00am Retail Liquor Licenses.

The ordinance only deals with package liquor and convenience stores in Metro Louisville.

According to officials with the State Alcoholic Beverage Control Board, Louisville Metro, Shively, St. Matthews and Jeffersontown are the only jurisdictions in Kentucky that offer the extended hour package liquor license of 2am – 4am. The proposed legislation only impacts those establishments covered by Louisville Metro.

“I am happy to help the residents of my area and all of Metro Louisville in improving the quality of life in our neighborhoods,” said Butler.

“While I originally proposed the 50% exemption, my colleagues were concerned that it would be used as a giant loophole. I believe the ordinance, as passed, is our best opportunity to address these issues,” said Blackwell.

“Tonight, I am taking a vote not for District 26 but for all of Metro Louisville,” said Councilman Brent Ackerson (D-26). “We have acknowledged that alcohol is the problem that must be dealt with. Tonight we have dealt with that problem.

The measure now moves to Mayor Fisher for his signature. Once approved, the ordinance will take effect on December 1, 2013

Cheri Bryant hamilton (D) 5
David James (D) 6
Marianne Butler (D) 15
Attica Scott (D) 1
Barbara Shanklin (D) 2
Mary C. Woolridge (D) 3
David Tandy (D) 4
Rick Blackwell (D) 12
Brent Ackerson (D) 26