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ABC Task Force To Hold Hearings Across Kentucky

The task force Governor Beshear appointed to study Kentucky’s alcoholic beverage control laws will hold a series of public forums this week.

Robert Vance, secretary of the Public Protection Cabinet and chairman of the 22-member panel that will prepare a report for the governor, says the meetings will be held in Somerset, Madisonville and at Northern Kentucky University.

"We’ll basically be getting just feedback," Vance said. "And that feedback will be included in the report."

Vance says the task force has been asked to look into three areas: the number and type of liquor licenses Kentucky issues, the effectiveness of local option laws and enhancement of public safety.

He says many of Kentucky’s alcoholic beverage control laws have not been changed since Prohibition was abolished.

Vance expects the panel will have a report on the governor's desk by January 15.