A bill to simplify liquor fees and licensing passed the House 67-28 Tuesday. House Bill 300 grew out of a statewide task force on alcohol appointed by Gov. Steve Beshear. The measure clarifies language regarding local-option votes, streamlines licensing for beer and liquor, and strips some antiquated language from Kentucky law. The bill also requires licenses for beer, wine and liquor storage facilities and would create a micro out-of-state distilled spirits and wine suppliers license to allow micro licensees to import less than 2,000 gallons of distilled spirits and wine into Kentucky each year.
The proposal does not address more controversial issues, such as selling wine and liquor in grocery stores.