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City of Kansas City, Mo., Third District Councilmembers Jermaine Reed and Melba Curls sponsored a resolution preventing future liquor license applicants from bribing neighborhood residents for their consent. The City Council passed Ordinance 130096 on February 28, 2013. The ordinance voids a consent form submitted from residents who have received compensation or gifts in exchange for their consent.
“We remain committed to growing safe and livable communities. Offering gifts or compensation for consent is counter-productive to improving our communities by reducing the overall number of already unwanted liquor stores,” said Third District Councilman Jermaine Reed.
A store must collect signatures in support of their liquor license from fifty-percent of all residents within a 350-foot radius. Ordinance 130096 was the direct result of Midtown Convenience Store, located at 43rd and Indiana, offering $50 in exchange for a signature in support of giving Midtown a liquor license.
“Without clear neighborhood support, liquor stores can adversely affect our communities. When someone tries to cheat and bride their way into a liquor license, the entire neighborhood is a victim. This ordinance restores integrity in our licensing process.” said Councilman Reed.
For more information or media inquiries, please contact Marcus Leach, Legislative Aide to Councilman Reed, at 816-513-6513.