Kentucky Lawmakers, Interested Groups Still Working on New Liquor Laws

A Kentucky legislative leader says progress on reforming the state’s liquor laws  is slow going.

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.

But House Speaker Greg Stumbo says so far, no one has put forward a proposal to properly address the issue. “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.

Stumbo interprets the court’s ruling as a call for a uniform law for selling alcohol in groceries and pharmacies.