Liquor Law Changes Presented at Meeting

From the state Liquor Division, Kelly Hunt, left, and Jason Allen. (Photo by Pat Blair)
From the state Liquor Division, Kelly Hunt, left, and Jason Allen. (Photo by Pat Blair)

The state of Wyoming will no longer regulate the hours of operation for bars and other establishments selling liquor as of July 1.

That will be decided by the counties and municipalities under laws passed by the Legislature earlier this year. That's one of several major changes in Wyoming's liquor laws that were explained in a meeting Monday night at the Sheridan County Courthouse.

Kelly Hunt, senior agent, and Jason Allen, agent, with the state Department of Revenue Liquor Division talked about the changes in a session attended by county and municipal officials as well as liquor license holders.

In an interview with Sheridan Media before the meeting started, Hunt said the Sheridan meeting was the fifth of 10 being held across Wyoming. He said the goal of the meetings is to educate the public on the new legislation.

Hunt said liquor licenses belong to the counties and municipalities, and he said unless the county or municipality establishes hours of operation, a liquor establishment can be open 24/7. He said another huge change is the elimination of dispensing rooms as a basis for liquor licenses. Under current law, a liquor license is issued to a business based on the number of dispensing rooms it has.

Under the law that goes into effect July 1, a license is issued for the entire building, regardless of how many dispensing rooms it contains. Hunt said the exception is restaurants, which are still licensed according to dispensing rooms.

Another change in the laws allows sales of liquor to occur anywhere on the premises of a license-holder as approved by municipalities or counties, and consumption of alcoholic beverages is no longer restricted to within the building.

Hunt said another new law brings payment of liquor license fees up-to-date by removing a requirement that fees be paid in cash or by certified check. He said starting July 1, fees can be paid by personal check or by credit or debit cards.

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Part of the audience at Monday's meeting. (Photo by Pat Blair)
Part of the audience at Monday's meeting. (Photo by Pat Blair)
Hunt gestures toward a member of the audience; Allen is behind him. (Photo by Pat Blair)
Hunt gestures toward a member of the audience; Allen is behind him. (Photo by Pat Blair)
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