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Confusion Over Future Liquor Sales Leads to Strange Partnerships


A recent ruling by a federal judge has turned Kentucky?'s liquor sales environment into a state of confusion.

The judge struck down Kentucky laws that prohibit liquor sales in grocery stores and gas stations, calling it unconstitutional. He has since decided to place that ruling  on hold to let Kentucky lawmakers see if they can write a better law.

At the same time, a task force appointed by the governor is studying the same issue and begins public input meetings this week.

In the meanwhile, a new group called Fighting Alcohol Consumption by Teens, or FACT, is creating some strange bedfellows.

The group brings together liquor store associations and family and children advocates together to convince lawmakers not to expand liquor sales.

So far, the group is still forming, but it says it plans to be ready by January, when the next legislative session starts.

Kenny Colston is the Frankfort Bureau Chief for Kentucky Public Radio (a collaborative effort of public radio stations in Kentucky). Colston has covered Kentucky's Capitol and state government since 2010. He is a Louisville native, and a graduate of the University of Kentucky. When he's not tracking down stories about Kentucky politics, you can often find him watching college sports, particularly football.
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