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January 28, 2013

Could lawmakers help city with ABC issue?


Somerset —

Even if Girdler were to specifically request help from representative for Pulaski and Laurel Counties, Turner said he’s “not interested” in reexamining the law and said he “doesn’t see why it would be something” the state legislature would want to deal with.
“Nobody questioned the process until it didn’t work out the way they wanted it to,” he said. “We’ve got too many issues that are more important than that to deal with.”
Girdler — who beat out several other candidates in last May’s Primary Election to claim the State Senate seat representing Pulaski, Adair, Casey and Russell Counties — was more receptive to the issue, but made no promises.
“As with any elected issue or any constituent, I’m always happy to look into it and investigate what the situation currently is and what our options are moving into the future,” said Girdler when asked if he would consider reexamining state alcohol licensing policy if approached by Somerset city officials.
Girdler added that “without question, local impact should be something considered” by Kentucky ABC when choosing who gets alcohol licenses. 
“There’s a high level of importance and value put on local impact,” he said. “I’m willing to look at all possibilities, but I will want to look at (the issue) and study it further.”
Girdler, a Pulaski native who also serves as District Director for Congressman Hal Rogers, was pleased with the way the city has dealt with the logistics of its newly “wet” status so far.
“I believe that the City of Somerset and (local ABC administrator) Nick Bradley ... have handled this with tremendous professionalism, and I applaud them for all their efforts.”

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