Legislators on Tuesday introduced a new bill that would allow liquor stores, Wal-Mart Stores Inc. and local grocery chains to grow their number of liquor licenses significantly, producing a major change in that retail sector for a second year in a row.
The bill's introduction follows two failed attempts this year to “clean up” last year’s massive alcohol-sales overhaul bill.
House Bill 1370 was introduced with just eight days to go in the 2017 legislative session, which ends May 10, and it was scheduled immediately for a hearing in the Senate Finance Committee Wednesday morning.
Its swift end-of-session path resembles that taken last year by the seismic Senate Bill 197, though rather than pitting liquor stores against grocery stores, this new iteration pits larger liquor stores against smaller ones.
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