KY Liquor Task Force Preparing Recommendations

By Associated Press | 

A task force aimed at overhauling Kentucky's alcoholic-beverage regulations is preparing its report and recommendations to Gov. Steve Beshear, but members of the group say they are intentionally avoiding some of the larger issues surrounding alcohol sales.

While the task force will deal with some regulations dating back to Prohibition, the group will remain silent on state laws that allow more liquor licenses in Louisville than elsewhere, that close bars during elections and that prevent alcohol sales in groceries while allowing them in drug stores.

State Rep. Dennis Keene, D-Wilder, told The Courier-Journal that alcohol is a divisive issue and the urban-rural split among lawmakers makes it tough to pass bills related to alcohol.

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