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

Thursday August 22, 2013

For Immediate Release:
Louisville Metro Council
Contact: Tony Hyatt 574-4137 / 526-3622

Louisville – Several Metro Council members are moving forward with an ordinance that will stop the sales of alcohol in retail stores in the early hours of the morning.

Councilwomen Cheri Bryant Hamilton (D-5), Marianne Butler (D-15), Attica Scott (D-1), Barbara Shanklin (D-2) and Mary C. Woolridge (D-3) and Councilman David James (D-6) have proposed legislation to eliminate the 2:00am to 4:00am Retail Liquor License in Metro Louisville.

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

“Seven council districts don’t sell after midnight at all. 13 districts don’t have 2:00am to 4:00am licenses. Why is it that nearly 80 percent of the 2:00am to 4:00pm extended licenses are in just 7 of the 26 council districts?” says Hamilton. “Why are there twice as many liquor stores in the five Metro Council districts in west Louisville as there are in the entire rest of the city? It’s is time to do something about that. It is a quality of life issue.”

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.

“Eliminating the hours of 2:00am and 4:00am is another tool to help make our neighborhoods more family friendly and lower crime rates,” said Butler.

"This ordinance will not have a huge impact on retail businesses. There is plenty of opportunity to purchase alcohol at other times of the day but we must consider the safety factors for our neighborhoods and that is why it is needed legislation," says Shanklin.

“This ordinance takes a practical approach to the issuance of liquor licenses in Metro Louisville. Two in the morning is not the time to keep the party going. It’s the time when most folks should already be home from the party and off our streets,” said Woolridge.

“This ordinance will help enhance public safety in District 6 as well the other council districts affected,” said James

The legislation will be given first reading at Thursday Night’s Metro Council meeting. It has been assigned to the Public Safety Committee.

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