Group Asks State to Overhaul Liquor License Regulations

By: Dawn Ellner

 

CASPER, Wyo. (AP) — A group representing Wyoming cities is asking state regulators to overhaul Wyoming’s liquor licensing system.

The Casper Star-Tribune reports that the Wyoming Association of Municipalities is asking the state to remove population-based caps on liquor licenses and to allow the market to dictate how many bars a city ca support.

The recommendations were included in a larger report on municipal finances released last week. The report’s goal is to offer suggestions for how the Wyoming Legislature can help local governments during the economic downturn.

The Wyoming State Liquor Association and other supporters of the existing system argue that removing the population cap would hurt current license owners and lead to market saturation.

Instead, the association has suggested legislation to stop the “parking” liquor licenses, or holding them without operating a bar or liquor store.