WASHINGTON - The D.C. Council is preparing to consider a bill that would rewrite the city's alcohol regulations for the first time in a decade.
Ward 1 Councilmember Jim Graham is pushing a bill that would include allowing liquor stores to remain open on Sundays. It would authorize "wine pubs" and legalize 64-ounce "growlers" that bars or grocery stores could fill with beer for customers to take away.
The bill is up for a vote Dec. 4.
The bill would also redefine who can challenge an establishment's liquor license by requiring complainants to live within 400 feet of the establishment.
That change is drawing protests from some Advisory Neighborhood Commission members and neighborhood activists. Abigail Nichols tells The Washington Post ( http://wapo.st/RPq7W3) that the changes are a "step backward" in alcohol regulation.
Information from: The Washington Post, http://www.washingtonpost.com
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