Bill Seeks Alcohol Expansion in Restaurants

Don Cole, executive director of the Kentucky Ethics League, has alerted us to a bill that has been prefiled for the 2012 Kentucky General Assembly session to expand alcohol sales in restaurants. Here are Cole’s comments:

As I have stated many times before the alcohol industry is never satisfied. Several years ago two bills were passed that would allow the selling of alcohol by the drink in restaurants that seat 100 or more people and another that would allow for those with at least 50 seats or more to sell alcohol. Both bills require that there be a 70-30 split in food and alcohol. Seventy percent of the income has to be from food and 30 percent can be from alcohol.

Now it appears they want to change the law once again. Sen. John Schickel has prefiled a bill (BR175), that would allow a 50 percent food and 50 percent alcohol sales in restaurants licensed to sell alcohol by the drink. In other words the restaurants can sell less food and more alcohol.

Could it be that they want the restaurants to become the local “watering hole” for the local patrons? The more liquor that is sold will put more people that have consumed more alcohol on our roads and streets. Hence, our problems increase. Along with the expense for local communities to provide more police, more emergency people, and equipment to take care of the problems and there will be many other social issues and problems.

Lowering the split (70 percent food, 30 percent liquor) to a 50 percent food and 50 percent liquor is a very bad idea! Call your legislators, 1-800-372-7181, and urge defeat of BR 175.

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