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Controversial liquor store proposal brought before council

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LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - A proposal to cut down the time liquor stores can sell to customers got its first reading during a Louisville Metro Council meeting Thursday.

The proposed legislation would end special liquor licenses at 28 stores in seven Louisville districts, many of them in West Louisville. The extended hours licenses allow them to sell packaged liquor until 4 a.m.  

"We're not putting liquor stores out of business we're just cutting back the time," said 5th District Councilwoman Cheri Bryant Hamilton, "We're all having crime issues, homicides, there's a lot going on and we're kind of connecting the dots and trying to take control of our neighborhoods."  

Backers of the plan brought the proposal to the Metro Public Safety Committee for review saying it is a matter of quality of life.

"The alcohol is not the problem," said John Owen, Vice President of the Portland Business Association, "It's been proven, it was called the Prohibition."

Owen said drying up alcohol sales is not the answer to ending crime.

Others agree. Resident Shawn Scott said, "It's not liquor that's making people kill nobody. It's people making people kill people."   

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