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Public Safety Committee votes to eliminate 2-4 a.m. liquor sales

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LOUISVILLE, Ky (WDRB) -- Louisville Metro Council's Public Safety Committee unanimously voted Tuesday to pass an amendment that would stop retail liquor stores from selling liquor after 2 a.m. in metro Louisville.

They say it's part of an effort to reduce crime in Jefferson County particularly in the west end, where most of the stores impacted are located.

Right now, package stores can sell alcohol until 4 a.m. under a special license.

If the proposal gets full approval, stores would no longer be able to sell liquor or wine after 2 but under a separate special license, they would still be able to sell beer.

Some may wonder if stores can still sell beer, what's the point of eliminating liquor?

"In June, the Legislature changed and divided the licenses so it would have been applying to all of them but I figured this would be one bite of the apple," said Councilwoman Cheri Bryant Hamilton, District 5.

Council members say this is just the first step to improving the quality of life in the west end.

"People in the urban area that live next door to a package liquor store that's open until 4 a.m., if someone's not at the drive thru, they're honking their horns all night until someone comes," said Councilwoman Marianne Butler, District 15.

Metro Council heard from business owners before making their vote.

Many of them think the proposal is unfair.

"Those in the east end can drink bloody mary's for brunch. They open the time for 9:00 in the morning you can drink liquor? And you want to take it away from us in the west end? Something is wrong with that," liquor store owner Sandra Fant told WDRB.

They argue that their clientele between the 2 and 4 a.m. hours are blue collar types working odd hours.

They also argued it isn't just liquor they're selling at that time.

"I have sandwiches and groceries, milk, bread so whatever they need," said Barbara Deel, owner of Lucky Jr.'s.

Others who work in the west end are happy with the idea.

"The greater the access to alcohol, the more alcohol is consumed and the more social problems and crimes result," said Jackie McComb with Portland Now Prevention Partnership.

The full council will get a vote September 12th.

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