Bowling Green Set to Change Alcohol Laws

BOWLING GREEN, Ky (WBKO) -- The Bowling Green City Commission is set to make alcohol laws quite a bit different in the city.

The commission will look at an ordinance tomorrow night that could change everything from hours of sales to the days alcohol can be sold.

It would allow sales on Sunday.

"We hear from citizens that they want government to stay out of business. Let businesses run on their own. So, that's what we're doing with this ordinance, we're taking away the binders that are currently there, and if businesses choose to open and sell alcohol or choose to sell earlier they now have that opportunity," said Bowling Green City Commissioner Melinda Hill.
Hill said if the ordinance passes, a liquor store doesn't necessarily have to be open on Sunday.

"We're not saying they have to be open. We're just giving them the ability if they would like to be open, and they feel like it would be profitable for their business, they now could be open," said Hill.

Another law that would change under the ordinance is restaurant sale requirements.

"In the past restaurants had to have 100 seats, and have at least 50% of their profits come from food, with this ordinance that's no longer in place," said Hill.

The city has already held a work session, and discussed this at a retreat.

In July some liquor stores didn't want to see anything change.

"This is our livelihood. This is the way we make our living, this is the way our employees make their living. We need to be very concerned about it. The way things are working now, we've been doing it for 30 years, it works very well," said Lloyd Ferguson, Vette City Liquors, in a July work session regarding changes.

Now, there's a possibility of a lot changes being passed tomorrow night.

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