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Shelby County Fiscal Court took the first step in passing a new updated alcohol ordinance when magistrates approved a first reading during a special called meeting early Monday morning.
Shelby County Judge-Executive Rob Rothenburger said the county would not make today’s deadline set by State Alcoholic Beverage Control but that a new ordinance should be in place by next week.
“We’re not going to be able to beat the deadline, because it won’t be in the paper until the [December] eleventh,” he said.
“The next step is it [the proposed ordinance] has to be published [today], and then as soon as we get it published, we’ll call another special meeting to have a second reading and pass it,” he said.
That second meeting would take place between Dec. 18 and Dec. 23. Fiscal court’s next regular meeting is scheduled for next Tuesday.
The process, required by a new state law, is supposed to be completed by today so that governments can continue to issue new licenses to applicants.
The county’s revisions have been in the works since August, when magistrates voted to hire an independent law firm, McBrayer, McGinnis, Leslie & Kirkland of Lexington, to help them update that ordinance to be in compliance with a new state law.
Senate Bill 13, passed earlier this year, incorporated all of the recommendations from a task force convened by Gov. Steve Beshear, which spent 6 months studying ABC laws.
“Our first reading basically brought it [ordinance] into alignment with what the KRS changes were,” Rothenburger said. “The changes are so minute, it’s just changing the KRS number.”
Shelby’s updated alcohol ordinance contains three changes – the first two involve changes in KRS section numbers, and the third deletes a section that prohibits alcohol sales on Election Dday.
The latter is the only significant change, Rothenburger said.
“It [revision] kind of cleans it up a little bit, and makes it more streamlined, and more uniform across the state; the only big implication is that the state lifted the prohibition on alcohol sales on election day,” he said. “In order for counties to specifically continue that prohibition, they would have to write that into their ordinance prohibiting sales of alcohol on election day, which we did not.”
State alcoholic control beverage officials had said last week that if city or county governments did not pass revisions by today, they would not be able to sell alcoholic beverage licenses at the local level until the new ordinance is in place.
Shelby County Treasurer Paula Webb said she did not know of any business owners who would be affected by the weeklong delay.