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Ordinance to eliminate late liquor sales takes step backward

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LOUISVILLE, Ky (WDRB) -- An ordinance to eliminate liquor sales between 2 a.m. and 4 a.m. in Louisville has been sent back to committee for further discussion.

Metro Council's Public Safety Committee unanimously voted last week to pass the amendment but Thursday night, the full council got a say and they want more time to talk about it.

It's the first time we've heard the opposing side on this issue from Metro Council.

Council voted for the delay, 16-10.

Council members say the ordinance is part of an effort to reduce crime, mainly in the west end.

Under the amendment, retail package liquor stores would not be able to obtain the special license it requires to sell liquor between the hours of 2 a.m. and 4 a.m.

During a previous meeting when the Public Safety Committee passed the ordinance, there was no discussion, but other council members brought up several arguments Thursday night.

"If the purpose of this ordinance is to address crime and address alcohol, it's inequity to essentially say we're going to ban package liquor sales -- being vodka, bourbon, wine, things like that -- and still allow the sale of beer. It does not achieve the goal," said Brent Ackerson, Council member, D-26.

Liquor stores can buy those extended hour licenses through the state, but beer and liquor are separate licenses.

The item will go back to committee for further discussion.

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