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Archive for Tuesday, April 5, 1994

COUNTY BOARD MULLS SUNDAY LIQUOR SALES

April 5, 1994

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Douglas County residents could be among the first in the state to buy liquor in stores on Sundays.

Commissioner Jim Chappell said he would have a resolution on the county agenda as soon as Gov. Joan Finney signs a bill giving county commissions authority to allow Sunday liquor sales.

Both houses of the Legislature narrowly passed the measure, which gained final Senate approval March 30. It stipulates that liquor can be sold at licensed retailers between 1 p.m. and 11 p.m. Sundays if approved by commissions.

"I see it as an issue of choice," Chappell said. "I'm always uncomfortable when I see the Legislature regulate something like beer sales, because they're moral issues. ... The clubs in Lawrence and Douglas County are open on Sundays, so it's not even an issue of consumption. It's an issue of convenience."

Commissioner Louie McElhaney said he would prefer to see the question on a general election ballot.

Even if commissioners passed a resolution, residents could file a protest and force an election, Chappell said.

A valid protest petition in Douglas County would need 1,170 signatures, according to standards set by the bill and voter turnout in the 1990 general election.

The bill is on its way to Finney's desk. She has 10 days to receive it and another 10 days to decide whether to sign or veto it or let it become law without her signature.

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