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Metro Council approves changes for public notification during liquor store application process

Thursday April 25, 2013

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

Louisville – When the Metro Council approved expanded Sunday sales for restaurants in Metro Louisville, it also approved a change designed to give more transparency to the process of applying or changing an alcohol license.

“For too long, the public has not been properly notified when someone applies for a alcohol license in Metro Louisville,” said Councilwoman Marianne Butler (D-15). “Current state law requires the applicant to do a legal notice in the largest newspaper in the area. With many people not receiving the printed newspaper today, the laws need to catch up with technology. By posting at the property, neighbors and nearby residents will know when an applicant has applied for an alcohol license.”

With the amended law, applicants now have additional requirements designed to keep the local community aware of what is going on at the beginning of the process. The new requirements include:

· Notice must be posted on property at the time of the application or changes to the current license

· Notice will remain posted during the application process

· Notice shall be in at least 14 point font size, on at least 8 inches by 11.5 inches yellow paper of durable material

Butler was the primary sponsor of the change in the application process. It will take effect as soon as the ordinance is signed by Mayor Fischer.

Marianne Butler (D) 15