Longview, Texas — The city of Longview has 30 days to verify signatures on a petition it received Monday asking for a May election to allow beer and wine sales for off-premises consumption citywide.
“I feel like this is imperative if we’re we’re going to do anything to revitalize West Longview,” said Longview United for Growth leader Kimberly Fish after turning in some 9,000 signatures gathered largely outside Longview grocery stores since early December.
If 6,000 of those names are verified as registered voters in Longview, the measure will go before voters at May elections.
The ballot issue would regard only beer and wine sales at retail outlets. No change is proposed to current liquor store regulation in Longview.
Longview’s liquor laws are a hodgepodge of policies based on post-prohibition elections that allowed alcohol sales in southern and eastern Longview.
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