FRANKFORT, Ky. (March 19, 2014) — The Senate Licensing, Occupations and Administrative Regulations Committee unanimously passed a bill that would allow small farm wineries to sell alcohol on Sunday.
“As most people should realize, with a small farm winery it’s kind of a tourist attraction also,” said bill sponsor Sen. Tom Buford, R-Nicholasville. Weekend visitors can purchase wine on Saturdays, “but on Sunday, believe it or not, which is the other expectant big day for tourism, they cannot sell their product to those who may tour their winery.”
Senate Bill 213 allows the county where the small farm winery is located to authorize the sale by a fiscal court vote or a local option election.
“This is an excellent example of how government should get out of the way, let commerce thrive,” said Senate Majority Floor Leader Damon Thayer, R-Georgetown. “It’s long past time to take the shackles off the small farm winery industry and let them open on Sunday.”
The bill now goes to the full Senate for further action.