Alcohol licenses won’t be issued for at least 90 days

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Wet status won't go into effect for 60 days and it will take at least 30 more days to approve first license

By Marty Finley

Even though residents in Elizabethtown, Radcliff and Vine Grove voted Tuesday in favor of expanded alcohol sales, residents won’t be able to reap the benefits of the vote for a minimum of 90 days.

Steve Humphress, general counsel for the Kentucky Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control, said it will be 60 days after the election is certified before a city becomes wet, during which license quotas will be issued. No business or person will be allowed to apply for a license under the expanded laws before the 60-day period elapses.

Following the 60-day period, the state ABC will begin accepting license applications, and each application will have to be publicly advertised, Humphress said. It takes a minimum of 30 days to obtain an alcohol license, he said, and residents will be allowed to protest applications and challenge the eligibility of the potential licensees during the 30-day period.

Those seeking liquor licenses will be disqualified if they have been convicted of a felony within the past five years, have a controlled substance conviction in the past two years, have been convicted of two alcohol-related misdemeanors in the past two years or are under the age of 21, according to the state ABC.