Exemption for Restaurants

Allow Restaurants that are Within 100 ft. of a Church to Sell Alcohol

We urge our elected officials to support allowing restaurants that are within 100 ft. of a church to sell alcohol. Under State law, a liquor license cannot be issued when a licensee is within 100 feet of a church or place of worship. Since every community is unique and faces different challenges, we support giving local governments discretion over this standard.

Eliminating this requirement will help spur economic development and job growth, especially in under-served communities, who experience a high concentration of places of worship. It is important to note that such an exemption would be strictly limited to restaurants where the sale of alcoholic liquor is incidental or secondary to the business’ primary activity.