Glasgow Daily Times, Glasgow, KY

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August 16, 2012

Ky. takes ‘baby steps’ on alcohol laws

FRANKFORT — Anyone expecting recommendations for radical changes in Kentucky’s alcohol laws from a task force looking at the laws probably should temper expectations.

That seemed to be the message from the first meeting Thursday of the Governor’s Task Force on the Study of Alcoholic Beverage Control Laws in Kentucky.

“I think the focus here is on baby steps,” said Bob Vance, the task force chairman and Secretary of the Public Protection Cabinet told other members of the group. “If we can take a baby step here, get some laws passed, get some things done, then in two years maybe another task force can do more.”

But if the task force tries to re-write all of the state’s many alcohol laws and to respond to every wish of the alcohol industry, those recommendations will not pass the General Assembly and it will be that much more difficult to makes changes.

Kentucky’s alcohol laws, Vance said, is “a maze of obscure statutory language” which a judge once called “confusing at best whose meaning is anybody’s guess.”

He said that was borne out by this week’s federal court ruling that Kentucky laws which allow liquor sales by drug stores but not by grocery stores violate the U.S. Constitution. The judge stayed a final order, however, until the parties could meet to negotiate how to resolve the issue.

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