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July 9, 2013

Beshear gets to decide how many liquor licenses for Somerset

Liquor World would be shut out if only five are granted

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FRANKFORT —

Girdler told the committee he supports a higher number of licenses to help the community grow and prosper and said there was never any promise of only five licenses.

But he also seemed to single out Turner, which didn’t sit very well with the other lawmakers. When Girdler said “everyone knows a representative who lives in the county” opposed the vote, Subcommittee Chair Sen. Ernie Harris, R-Crestwood, admonished him not to personalize his comments.

The subcommittee then voted unanimously with one member passing to find the regulation deficient. That sends the question to the governor, who can still implement the regulation which could then only be overturned by a vote of the full General Assembly when it convenes.

Liquor World was also denied a license last year in Corbin, and its CEO, Wesley Morgan of Richmond, filed suit against the board over how it awarded licenses there.

According to Charlotte Perdicaris, with First Stop Party Supply, Liquor World is the reason Girdler and the board attempted to increase the number of licenses.

“This is all about Liquor World,” she said after Tuesday’s hearing. “They did not get a license and we did. That’s what this is about.”

Ronnie Ellis writes for CNHI News Service and is based in Frankfort. Reach him at rellis@cnhi.com. Follow CNHI News Service stories on Twitter at www.twitter.com/cnhifrankfort.

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