Amendment Clarifying Powers of City ABC Administrators Added to Senate Consent Calendar

A late but urgent push to clarify the powers and duties of city ABC administrators looks to be on the fast track to becoming law. 

A Senate Committee Substitute to House Bill 528 would ensure that city ABC administrators and investigators have the same abilities to deal with licensees as county, consolidated local, and urban county governments. 

Last week, a legal opinion from the Kentucky Department of Alcohol Beverage Control identified differences in the statutes for each type of government; that review now leaves cities with fewer capabilities to manage and inspect licensees. The legal conclusion from state ABC contradicts current city practices. 

“What the Senate committee substitute does is clarify that cities have the same authority to do inspections as permitted by county ABC administrators, urban county, and consolidated local government,” said KLC Executive Director/CEO J.D. Chaney. 

House Bill 528 is legislation that extends the sunset provisions that temporarily permitted an increase in the allocation of wireless 911 fees to the statewide Next Generation 911 Technology Fund from 2.5% to 5% until July 1, 2025. 

The amended bill received unanimous support and was added to the Senate’s Consent Calendar. If the Senate approves the legislation, it will return to the House for their consent.