South Carolina House members chose to defy a state Supreme Court ruling, voting this week to restore a limit on liquor stores that the court ruled unconstitutional.
The House sent to the Senate on Thursday a proposal which would effectively restore the previous three-store limit per owner struck down by the court as unconstitutional in March 2017. South Carolina has been operating under a temporary compromise which keeps the old law in place until April so that those involved in the industry could come up with a new law. However, those efforts were not fruitful.
State Rep. Greg Delleney, R-Chester, said the House decided to reinstate the old law, this time specifically citing sections of the South Carolina Constitution they say gives the legislature the authority to regulate alcohol. Delleney noted two seats on the Supreme Court have been filled since last year’s 3-1 decision. [Read more…]