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Voters in Louisiana town approve liquor sales

November 18, 2019

LIVINGSTON, La. (AP) — A liquor prohibition is over for two towns in a Louisiana parish after an ordinance was overwhelmingly approved, allowing the sales of more than just beer and wine coolers.

The Advocate reports Albany and Livingston in Livingston Parish approved liquor sales Saturday, ending a decades-old prohibition.

Supporters of the ordinance say the restrictive rules deterred businesses from the area, especially restaurants relying on alcohol sales. Opponents were concerned that the loosened liquor laws could potentially increase the number of impaired drivers. But supporters say people would drive outside of the city to buy liquor anyway.

Livingston Alderman Wade Wilson championed the ordinance and says he was confident the ordinance would pass.

Both towns have to approve local rules for businesses selling alcohol. Those ordinances are expected to pass next year.

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Information from: The Advocate, http://theadvocate.com