DENVER (CBS4)- Colorado lawmakers are debating a bill that would allow full-strength beer on the shelves of grocery and convenience stores. Right now, full-strength beer is only sold at liquor stores.
Many local liquor store owners claim half their business comes from beer sales and that those sales would be lost if the bill passes.
“In an economy like this, Colorado does not need to lose more jobs and this bill would lose jobs,” said Morgan’s Liquors owner Jim Archibald.
Rep. Larry Liston, R-Colorado Springs, is the sponsor of this year’s bill. He said it would allow liquor stores to sell food and low-strength beer.
“They have nothing to fear and a lot to gain,” said Liston.
Similar measures have failed at the state Capitol for four years in a row.
Colorado is one of only five states that has laws dictating which stores can sell what type of beer.