DENVER (AP) – Convenience store owners are accusing Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper of siding with restaurants and craft brewers in a dispute over testing beer for alcohol content.
A trade group representing convenience stores accuses Hickenlooper, a former restaurant owner and micro-brewer, of “backroom cronyism” because state regulators eliminated a rule that would have required all brewers and importers to report the alcohol content of their products.READ MORE: Construction Begins This Week On Iliff Avenue Improvements Between South Parker Road And Quebec Street
The rules now say that state officials may test beer, but they don’t require it.READ MORE: Feral Kitten Saved From Weld County Dumpster With A Little Oil
Hickenlooper tells The Denver Post he was simply trying to streamline regulations and cut red tape.
The Colorado-Wyoming Petroleum Marketers Association, the convenience store trade group, rejects that explanation. The group accuses Hickenlooper of helping a special-interest group that helped Hickenlooper get elected.MORE NEWS: Kaiser Permanente Requires COVID Vaccine For All Employees, Physicians
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