Archive for Saturday, October 6, 2012

25 years ago: Temporary liquor licenses causing enforcement problems

October 6, 2012


From the Lawrence Daily Journal-World for Oct. 6, 1987:

When the new liquor-by-the-drink legislation had taken effect in July, temporary liquor permits had also become available. The state had originally planned to restrict these permits to non-profit organizations but had backed off on this condition because of fears that it would restrict some legitimate uses. However, it appeared that some applicants might have been of questionable legitimacy. The temporary licenses had rapidly become very popular, with applications coming in at a rate of two a day, and enforcement of the law was correspondingly problematic, said John Lamb, director of the state's Alcoholic Beverage Control. Lamb was predicting that the number of applications would increase to four or five a day "as soon as the word spreads" that it was an easy way to get around the requirement for a permanent license. The applicant was required to indicated where the proceeds from liquor sales were to go, but since the rules were not restrictive, it was "open to anybody and everybody. We really can't block them. It's a legal way to throw a party to raise money for themselves," Lamb explained.


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