Great. There are around 25 restaurants in Shelby County that hold both retail and club liquor licenses. After the ABC Board ruled that restaurants aren’t allowed to hold dual licenses, the legislature passed a bill that would allow those 25 or so restaurants to keep theirs. Now Gov. Riley has vetoed the bill, and the legislature will end up wasting more time trying to override the veto.
Why on earth does Bob Riley care whether the citizens of Shelby County have a Bloody Mary with their post-church lunch? Would he prefer that they drive across the county line and spend their money elsewhere? I know Shelby County is overwhelmingly Republican, but I doubt the county officials and businesspeople will be happy with the governor’s interference in something that should be a local decision. And likely would be, if not for the 1901 Constitution.