Metro Council approves elimination of early morning alcohol sales

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by Jacob Ryan

WHAS11.com

Posted on October 25, 2013 at 6:07 PM

Updated Friday, Oct 25 at 6:07 PM

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WHAS11)-- The Louisville Metro Council voted on Thursday night to eliminate the retail package sale of alcohol and malt beverage between 2 a.m. and 4 a.m. in metro Louisville.

Jefferson County was the only county in the Commonwealth to offer a package alcohol license for 2 a.m. to 4 a.m.  The vote tonight eliminated that license.

Councilwoman Cheri Bryant Hamilton, the primary sponsor of the ordinance, said the ordinance will hopefully decrease crime near many of the establishments that sold alcohol in the early morning hours.

“This is an important effort to improve the public health and safety in our neighborhoods and the quality of life for our residents,” she said in a press release.

The council voted 15 to 7 to proceed with the ordinance.

Sponsoring council members included Marianne Butler, Attica Scott, Barbara Shanklin, Mary C. Woolridge, David James, Rick Blackwell, David Tandy and Dan Johnson.

Within the sponsoring council districts there are 23 of the 35 licenses that once allowed 2 a.m. to 4 a.m. sales.  The ordinance only deals with package liquor and convenience stores in metro Louisville, according to the press release.

Councilman David James said this is a great day for many of our neighborhoods.

“We can begin to make a difference in lowering crime and improving our neighborhoods,” he said.

Councilman Brent Ackerson said the vote recognizes that alcohol is the problem that must be dealt with.

“Tonight, we have dealt with that problem,” he said.  “Tonight, I am taking a vote not for District 26, but for all of Metro Louisville.”

The measure will now move to Mayor Greg Fischer’s office for his signature.  Once approved, the ordinance will take effect on December 1, 2013.

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