Colorado grocery beer and wine sales bill dies, debate continues
DENVER, Colorado: A bill to allow grocery stores to sell beer and wine has fallen but a proposed initiative continues to move forward. This week bill sponsor Rep. Liane McFayden announced that she didn't have the votes to pass HB 1279 and asked the [Finance Committee, Colorado House of Representatives House Finance Committee] to kill the bill. According to reports McFayden has spent the last few months negotiating with lawmakers. However, McFayden is confident a "Beer and Wine Sales Initiative" will appear on the ballot for voters to decide. "I believe that the status quo and the amount of lobbying by liquor stores certainly surpassed the amount of lobbying by grocery stores. What I find disappointing is that since we haven’t been able to get legislation passed, I’m sure something will end up on the ballot this year," she said. Legislative bills to amend state alcohol law have continuously failed in Colorado.
The debate, however, isn't over. Blake Harrison, a Denver attorney, filed an initiative to allow the sale of wine and full-strength beer within grocery stores. State law currently only allows the sale of reduced-strength beer. In order to place the proposed measure on the ballot, supporters were required to collect a minimum of 76,047 valid signatures by August 2, 2010.
- Colorado 2010 ballot measures
- Colorado Beer and Wine Sales Initiative (2010)
- Proposed beer and wine legislation