NASHVILLE — The House today took final action on legislation requiring closer cooperation between several local beer boards, including Chattanooga’s, and the state Alcoholic Beverage Commission when it comes to following up on the suspension or revocation of beer and mixed-drink licenses.
The bill, sponsored by Rep. Richard Floyd, R-Chattanooga, passed on a 91-0 vote. It is now headed to Gov. Bill Haslam for his consideration.
The bill creates a two-year pilot project that requires local beer boards and the ABC, which regulates liquor, to consider taking similar actions when one or the other moves to suspend or revoke an establishment’s alcohol license for misconduct.
It covers several counties, including Hamilton and Knox counties.
Floyd thanked Chattanooga Councilwoman Deborah Scott for efforts in trying to address problems.
“Deborah and I have been working for two years on this deal and she has worked so tirelessly and much at being chided by her fellow commissioners, that she could never get anything like this done,” Floyd said. “I’d like to congratulate Deborah on her hard work.”
Chattanooga Mayor Ron Littlefield included the proposal in the city’s package of bills presented to local lawmakers this year. Sen. Bo Watson, R-Hixson, sponsored the bill’s Senate version.
Andy Sher is a Nashville-based staff writer covering Tennessee state government and politics for the Times Free Press. A Washington correspondent from 1999-2005 for the Times Free Press, Andy previously headed up state Capitol coverage for The Chattanooga Times, worked as a state Capitol reporter for The Nashville Banner and was a contributor to The Tennessee Journal, among other publications. Andy worked for 17 years at The Chattanooga Times covering police, health care, county government, ...