liquor laws http://wkyufm.org en Robert Stivers: Let's Exhaust Legal Appeals Before Reforming Liquor Laws http://wkyufm.org/post/robert-stivers-lets-exhaust-legal-appeals-reforming-liquor-laws <p></p><p>Work on reforming some of Kentucky’s liquor laws may wait until a federal appeals court rules on a current challenge.</p><p>A federal circuit judge threw out state laws dealing with where wine and distilled spirits can be sold, calling them unfair. Currently only select stores — such as liquor stores and pharmacies — can sell those beverages, while others — such as groceries — can only sell beer.</p><p>The judge’s ruling challenging that disparity is being appealed to the 6th Circuit and Senate President Robert Stivers wants to wait until that is resolved before his chamber gets involved.</p><p>“We have had some discussion of the issue, but we feel it appropriate and it’s my opinion and I feel it appropriate that until it is litigated and gone through the legal system, we don’t know if Judge Heyburn’s decision will be affirmed, or remanded or reversed,” he says.</p><p>So far, no proposals on how to change the law that would withstand the judge’s ruling has been put forth, House Speaker Greg Stumbo says. Sun, 13 Jan 2013 10:00:00 +0000 24749 at http://wkyufm.org Robert Stivers: Let's Exhaust Legal Appeals Before Reforming Liquor Laws Groups Still Working to Reform Kentucky Liquor Laws http://wkyufm.org/post/groups-still-working-reform-kentucky-liquor-laws <p></p><p>A Kentucky legislative leader says progress on reforming the state’s liquor laws&nbsp; is slow going.&nbsp; Last year, a federal judge threw out the state law that blocks grocery stores and gas stations from selling wine and spirits.</p><p>That same judge later stayed his ruling to prevent a sudden surge in liquor retailers and to allow Kentucky lawmakers to re-write the regulations.&nbsp; But House Speaker Greg Stumbo says so far, no one has put forward a proposal to properly address the issue.</p><p>“Everyone hopes that there will be some sort of reasonable proposal from the entire industry that takes in consideration the court’s ruling. To date I haven’t seen that.” Wed, 02 Jan 2013 11:00:00 +0000 24156 at http://wkyufm.org Groups Still Working to Reform Kentucky Liquor Laws Kentucky Lawmakers, Interested Groups Still Working on New Liquor Laws http://wkyufm.org/post/kentucky-lawmakers-interested-groups-still-working-new-liquor-laws <p>A Kentucky legislative leader says progress on reforming the state’s liquor laws&nbsp; is slow going.</p><p>In 2012, a federal judge threw out the state law that blocks grocery stores and gas stations from selling wine and spirits. That same judge later stayed his ruling to prevent a sudden surge in liquor retailers and to allow Kentucky lawmakers to re-write the regulations.</p><p>But House Speaker Greg Stumbo says so far, no one has put forward a proposal to properly address the issue.&nbsp;“Everyone hopes that there will be some sort of reasonable proposal from the entire industry that takes in consideration the court’s ruling. To date I haven’t seen that," said the House Speaker.</p><p>Stumbo interprets the court’s ruling as a call for a uniform law for selling alcohol in groceries and pharmacies. Sun, 30 Dec 2012 16:50:10 +0000 24194 at http://wkyufm.org