State law allows alcohol sales on election day

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By Stephen Thomas

 SHEPHERDSVILLE -- Until last summer, Kentuckians who wanted to purchase alcohol on election day could not do so until the polls closed.

But, with the passage of Senate Bill 13, that prohibition was eliminated.

However, local counties with cities of the fourth class, such as Bullitt, and those fourth-class municipalities could pass laws which did regulate alcohol sales.

On Tuesday, Bullitt Fiscal Court is expected to consider an ordinance which would follow the state laws.

If approved, it would allow mean that Bullitt County would follow the state law.

County attorney Monica Meredith Robinson prepared three versions of an ordinance.

One would follow the state law, while another would set the hours of no retail alcohol sales from 6 a.m. until 6 p.m. on election. The third version would prohibit retail alcohol sales for the entire day.

In past discussions, the latter gained some footing from Bullitt Fiscal Court members.

During the most recent discussions, magistrate Bob Hunt said the county should follow the state law.

The second reading will be presented at the April 15 meeting for a possible vote.

If no local ordinance exists, the state law would be in effect, according to an informational booklet provided after the law was changed last year.

SB 13 was presented to the General Assembly after a six-month study by a task force on alcohol beverage control laws.

When the measure was approved by the General Assembly, only South Carolina continued to ban alcohol sales at restaurant, bars and package stores.

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The next meeting of the Bullitt Fiscal Court will be at 9:30 a.m. on Tuesday, April 15, in the courthouse. The public is invited to attend.