Connecticut to weigh US retail legislation regarding liquor sale laws
February 07, 2012
Retail groups in Connecticut are preparing for the upcoming legislative session, during which U.S. retail legislation
to expand the state's current liquor sale laws will be considered, the Hartford Business Journal reports.
The bill would change minimum pricing regulations, allow quantity discounts and permit bars and restaurants in the state to serve alcohol until 2 a.m. seven days a week, as opposed to only on Friday and Saturday nights. It would also increase the number of liquor licenses one owner is allowed to hold from two to nine and create a license medallion system that would allow owners to sell permits on an open, statewide market.
Nicole Griffin, executive director of the Connecticut Restaurant Association, expressed concern about the proposed U.S. retail compliance
adjustments that would allow quantity discounts, noting that restaurants may be subject to higher prices because they buy liquor in smaller amounts than large retailers.
When he unveiled the proposed changes last month, Connecticut Governor Dannel P. Malloy said they would make the state more competitive in the liquor market.