LA Bill Limiting Local Authority over Alcohol Sales Advances

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Passing the House, House Bill 44 suspends the authority of a parish or municipality to prohibit the sale of alcoholic beverages or to limit the time of operation of any establishment selling alcoholic beverages during any COVID-19 public emergency until one year after any COVID-19 public emergency is terminated. Present law provides that during times of great public crisis, disaster, rioting, catastrophe, or similar public emergency within the territorial limits of any municipality or parish, the chief law enforcement officer of the political subdivision affected by the proclamation may prohibit the sale and distribution of alcoholic beverages.