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S.P. 463 - L.D. 1336

An Act To Promote Economic Development in Commercial and

Downtown Areas of the State

Emergency preamble. Whereas, acts of the Legislature do not become
effective until 90 days after adjournment unless enacted as
emergencies; and

Whereas, this legislation needs to take effect before the
expiration of the 90-day period to encourage economic development
in commercial and downtown areas in the State, which is a vital
component to the overall growth and success of the State; and

Whereas, a component of some commercial districts and downtown
districts is the location of restaurants and bars in order to
spur activity and growth in these districts; and

Whereas, the prohibition on issuance of new liquor licenses to
businesses located within 300 feet of churches and schools is
primarily designed to prevent businesses from locating near
established churches and schools and selling liquor in close
proximity to those locations; and

Whereas, the entry of a new school or church into a preexisting
commercial zone where businesses are already allowed to obtain
liquor licenses, or a downtown area, should not have the effect
of disrupting the economic development plans of a municipality;

Whereas, in the judgment of the Legislature, these facts create
an emergency within the meaning of the Constitution of

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