More Push To Change KY Election Day Alcohol Ban

Reported by: Christine Winter
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Updated: 7/13/2012 7:46 pm
The buying and selling booze is off limits in Kentucky on election day.

A northern Kentucky lawmaker wants to change that.

When the polls are open from 6am to 6pm for a primary or general election, it is illegal for liquor stores, bars and restaurants to sell alcohol.

A Democrat State Representative who first tried to repeal the law in 2006, says he will try again during the 2013 session.

Arnold Simpson of Covington told lawmakers on the Licensing and Occupations Committee Friday that the sales ban "handcuffs" business.

"We have to open this state up for business. I think this would go a long way in doing that," says Simpson.

The state levies 2 taxes on alcohol, an 11% wholesale tax and the 6% sales tax.

Simpson says $625,000 in tax revenue is lost annually because of the election day ban.

Senator John Schickel, the Chairman of the Licensing and Occupations Committee, said the law "makes no common sense."

He will support the bill.
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