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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.