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H.P. 1260 - L.D. 1820

An Act To Allow Small Businesses To Participate

in Liquor Sales

Be it enacted by the People of the State of Maine as follows:

Sec. 1. 28-A MRSA 453-A, sub-5, as amended by PL 2001, c. 711, 5,
is further amended to read:

5. Licensing decisions. The bureau shall conduct an
investigation to determine the feasibility of the location and type of
facility for the agency liquor store and shall issue the license to one
or more of the applicants, taking into consideration the absence of an
existing agency liquor store with less than 3,000 square feet of retail
space in a downtown location and any other factors the bureau considers
appropriate. The bureau is not required to consider the availability of
parking spaces for motor vehicles for the issuance of an agency liquor
store license to a store with less than 3,000 square feet of retail space
in a downtown location. When considering the issuance of a license, the
bureau shall consider the proximity of the proposed agency store to
existing agency stores and the potential impact the location of the
proposed agency store may have on an existing agency store. The bureau
may deny a license if the bureau determines the proposed agency store
location is in too close proximity to an existing agency store. For
purposes of this subsection, "downtown" has the same meaning as in Title
30-A, section 4301, subsection 5-A.

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