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Oldham Co. Chamber hopes for Sept. 29 special election to expand alcohol sales

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There are three fully licensed venues in the city selling beer and liquor. There are three fully licensed venues in the city selling beer and liquor.

OLDHAM COUNTY, Ky. (WDRB) -- Oldham County voters may soon decide whether to expand alcohol sales. The Oldham County Chamber of Commerce says it now has enough signatures to ask for a special election.

"Oldham County is considered a moist county," said Deana Epperly Karem, executive director of the Oldham Chamber and Economic Development.

She says the term “moist” means you can buy an alcoholic drink anywhere that sells it throughout the county.

"If you want to buy a bottle of bourbon or a 12-pack of beer, you can only do that in the city of La Grange," said Karem.

She says that law passed in 2012 and right now there are three fully licensed venues in the city selling beer and liquor.

There’s a stand-alone store, the Kroger and Walgreens.

"Outside the city of La Grange,” said Karem, “you cannot buy a packaged alcohol product, so you can't buy a 12-pack of beer or a bottle of wine."

That's why the chamber sent out more than 43,000 petitions to voters asking if they'd support expanding alcohol sales.

6,000 were turned back in so on Tuesday Karem submitted those to the county clerk. They need at least 5,800 for a special election.

“The city has its own rules, they passed it in 2012 and it's proven to be a great benefit and a great revenue source for them here,” said Karem. “But when you get outside the city but you're still within the county, that option isn't available."

Karem says if the liquor laws weren’t so strict, people could keep their business in Oldham County instead of going elsewhere.

"We have a distillery in the city of Crestwood. They are a distributor and maker of bourbon but they can't do any tastings there under this current law,” said Karem. “So when the law gets changed we have more options for attractions in tourism because we can have a winery with a tasting or a bourbon distillery with a tasting."

Karem hopes to have the special election on Sept. 29.

If the signatures are verified it'll ultimately be up to the county clerk and judge executive to set the date.

MORE: Oldham Co. Chamber submits 6,000 signatures for vote on expanded alcohol sales

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