With summer now officially underway, a lot of folks in the Commonwealth are certain to be doing some boating. Undoubtedly,
On March 31, 2014, the Kentucky General Assembly passed a bill which would allow wineries throughout the Commonwealth to sell
Like most states, Ohio and Kentucky place quota restrictions on the type and number of liquor licenses that may be issued in a certain geographical area. These quotas serve a rational purpose: they limit the number of premises in a locale that can sell intoxicating spirits. This also prevents an over-saturation of bars and taverns, balances the needs of family-based communities, and ensures that responsible adults still have a place where they may imbibe.
Last summer, the Kentucky General Assembly’s landmark legislation surrounding liquor licensing came into effect. Senate Bill 13 (SB13) overhauled the process for gaining a liquor license in the Commonwealth. These changes constitute a necessary response to Kentucky’s fast-evolving alcoholic beverage industry. However, the overhaul may be disruptive to some applicants and license holders as it is initially rolled out.
Update: Sixth Circuit Reverses Decision On Licensing Distinction Governing Sale and Distribution of Liquor In Kentucky
On January 15th , the Sixth Circuit reversed the decision of the Western District of Kentucky which had previously found that the statute and regulation permitting pharmacies to sell liquor and wine (while simultaneously prohibiting grocery stores from doing so) failed rational-basis review under the Equal Protection Clause. According to the Sixth Circuit, the statute and regulation in question “conceivably seek to reduce access to high-alcohol products,” and thus were properly supported by a rational basis.
This past August, in a case titled Maxwell’s Pic-Pac, Inc v. Dehner, a federal judge held that certain distinctions governing the sale and distribution of liquor in Kentucky were unconstitutional under the 14th Amendment of the United States Constitution – a potentially groundbreaking decision that could impact wine and liquor sales in the Commonwealth forever.
On June 20, 2012, the Federal Highway Administration approved a cost savings plan to construct two Ohio River Bridges in Louisville. The plan will save more than $1.5 billion and cut construction time in half. One component of the plan is the use of tolls as a financing mechanism.
If you own or operate a business in Kentucky, make sure you have filed your Kentucky Annual Report. In a recent press release, the Kentucky Secretary of State’s office warns that tens of thousands of companies face dissolution if they don’t file their annual report by the deadline of October 31.
The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) will undoubtedly fund major public construction projects in Kentucky in the immediate future.
If you’re in business, then you’re in a regulated business. Consequently, knowing the basics of the administrative process will not