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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Soon, alcohol consumers will no longer be able to buy packaged liquor after 2 a.m. in Louisville.
Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer is planning to sign an ordinance passed last week by the Metro Council, which would end the sale of beer and alcohol at liquor and convenience stores after 2 a.m. He's still waiting on the paperwork from the Metro Council, but is expected to sign it as soon as he gets it.
Supporters say it's needed to reduce crime, especially in West Louisville neighborhoods where there are lots of corner liquor stores.
The ordinance does not affect bars, taverns or restaurants.
John Owen of the Portland Business Association pulled police reports for the past five years. He says he found 160 citations were issued at Louisville bars and nightclubs, but only 30 at liquor stores.
Mayor Fischer didn't give his opinion on the ordinance, but says he'll sign it.
Fischer says, "It's obvious that it has been something that is very important to them." He says he'll sign it once it hits his desk.
Owen said on Friday, "If we're talking about alcohol related offenses, then to properly do this then, you can't exclude the bars on Bardstown Road, NuLu, 4th Street Live."
"The Liquor Store" owner at the corner of 27th and Broadway says she'll have to lay off an employee since her store will have to close at 2 a.m. instead of 4 a.m.
Opponents maintain that the new law won't do any good since bars can still stay open late.
The change would only affect stores under Metro government's jurisdiction. That excludes stores in Jeffersontown, St. Matthews and Shively.