The short but tumultuous life of a bill to allow Wal-Mart Stores Inc. and retail liquor stores to sell alcohol at more locations in Colorado ended Friday morning, though reverberations could be heard all the way to the 2018 election.
House Appropriations Committee members voted to kill House Bill 1370 without a word, just three days after it was introduced and just two days after it passed the House Finance Committee following one of the more rancorous, finger-pointing hearings in memory. And following its defeat, co-sponsoring Rep. Larry Liston, R-Colorado Springs, continued his verbal barrage against the association of largely smaller liquor stores that opposed the bill, saying he hopes that the issue ends up before the voters in 2018 as a ballot initiative.
“We had a good effort. We were just out-gunned by the (Colorado Licensed Beverage Association) and their 13 lobbyists. They really lawyered up to go after this bill,” Liston said. “They stuck by their mantra ‘No, no, no, never.’ They will do everything they can to stick by their monopoly and screw the consumer.
“As far as I’m concerned, it should go to the ballot,” Liston added. “If it went to the ballot, I’m sure the consumer would decide overwhelmingly for choice freedom.”