The Kentucky General Assembly appears poised to lift the state’s Election Day booze-buying ban, which would leave South Carolina as the only remaining state that enforces the Prohibition-era rule. A state House committee approved a bill Wednesday that would lift the ban on the sales of alcoholic beverages in wet areas on election days in Kentucky. Senate Bill 13, sponsored by Sen. John Schickel, R-Union, now goes to the full House for consideration. After no member of the House Licensing and Occupations Committee voted against the proposal, Schickel said he is optimistic about its chances in the House. “I’ve talked to leadership in the House, and I think they are committed to getting it passed,” he said.
Schickel, chairman of the Senate Licensing, Occupations and Administrative Regulations Committee, said he also is “committed to getting passed in the Senate the alcohol beverage task force report.” He was referring to House Bill 300, sponsored by Rep. Dennis Keene, D-Wilder, that contains the recommendations of Gov. Steve Beshear’s alcohol regulations task force.
HB 300 is designed to eliminate duplicative, confusing and unnecessary liquor licensing laws and regulations.
Schickel said allowing alcohol sales on election days would be a financial boon to businesses that depend on alcohol sales and to tourist destinations along Kentucky’s Bourbon Trail.