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Florida State Senate to hear “liquor wall” bill proposal

In Florida the full Senate will hear the proposal (SB106) commonly referred to as the “liquor wall”. After much debate and negotiations the proposed Bill to allow liquor to be sold in grocery and retail stores in late March. The changes to the original Bill included staggering the repeal of the existing law over several years, prohibit new package stores from being licensed within 1,000 feet of schools and also require that small bottles (6.8 ounces or less) be displayed only behind a counter. Lastly, the revised proposal would prohibit liquor licenses from being issued to gas stations that are not linked with locations that provide greater than 10,000 square feet of retail space.

If passed in the Senate it would then go before the House Commerce Committee and if approved there would then go before the full House for approval to be sent to the Governor for signature.

Source: WGCU, March 2017