City of Bowling Green Looks at Major Alcohol Law Changes

BOWLING GREEN, Ky. (WBKO) -- On Tuesday, Bowling Green City officials covered several topics related to alcohol.

The mid-year retreat garnered discussion that provided many questions as well as decisions for the commission to make in the near future.

"The question is, do you want to keep what we have in the restaurant language, and the second issue is what do you want to do about Election day?" asked Bowling Green City Attorney Gene Harmon.

The city already has to make some updates to local alcohol laws. So they're taking this as a chance to re-visit everything.

"My whole thing is, if we're going to change it at all, I want to change it all at one time, look at every single thing instead of piecemealing it," said Bowling Green City Comissioner Melinda Hill.

Talks on Tuesday included sales on Sunday, sales in packaged stores, moving the time to serve back in restaurants and smaller restaurants being able to serve.

"I've received a lot of calls as far as the retail establishments being able to sell on Sundays. Some of our businesses are really hurting because Franklin is able to do this now," said Hill.

"I just want to have as a business person the opportunity to do it, if I want to," said Bowling Green City Commissioner Joe Denning.

Another part of the local standard allows two of the public golf courses to serve beer, but not Paul Walker.

"Riverview does sell, I would like you to consider opening Paul Walker up for beer sales. I never understood the difference, I'm trying to figure out why."

Commissioners have also been contacted by at least one of the bowling alleys asking to serve on Sunday.

"Bring in tournaments and things of that nature. They've asked whether or not they could be considered for Sunday sales, and that's something to throw out on the table," said Bowling Green City Commissioner Rick Williams.

While many aspects of new laws were discussed one theme connected them, boosting business.

This was all a part of a retreat, and was not an official city commission meeting.

No action was taken today on any of these measures, but are possible decisions the commission could make in the near future.


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