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Ivey Convenes Alcohol Work Group

Prince George’s County delegates are launching an interim work group to reach consensus on how to regulate Sunday sales of liquor in Prince George’s County away from the pressure of the 90-day session.

The Alcohol Work Group will be chaired by Delegate Melony. G. Griffith, and will host its first meeting on Tuesday May 14th at 6 p.m. in the Media Room of the County Administration Building on Governor Oden Bowie Drive in Upper Marlboro.

“I want to thank Chair Ivey for the faith she has shown in me to continue this important work,” said Griffith. “Every year, alcohol bills make up a majority of our local legislation. The more we can do to settle controversy and address public concern, the better.”

Delegate Kriselda Valderrama will serve as vice chair of the 11-member group. Chair Ivey also will serve as a regular member, along with six other delegates:

• Delegate Dereck E. Davis

• Delegate Anne Healey

• Delegate James Hubbard

• Delegate Marvin E. Holmes

• Delegate Joseph Vallario

• Delegate Michael Vaughn

 

Senator Victor Ramirez and County Councilman Will Campos will also serve as members.

 

The work group was first announced in March following a split vote in the delegation for a proposal that would have allowed stores to apply for permits to remain open on Sundays. Currently, Sunday sales are restricted to beer and wine stores licensed specifically to be open seven days, and liquor is not allowed to be sold.

While many residents and some stores have campaigned for more Sunday options, other owners worry that the changes could affect their business. There have been 13 different proposals in the past decade.

“This has been an issue that the delegation has been dealing with for years,” said Ivey. “By involving everyone, we hope to hear everyone’s concerns and create a consensus we can all agree upon before the next session.”

Following the first organizational meeting on May 14th, members will host several public discussions to seek input from interested members, and will invite industry officials and others with a stake in the issue to address the group this summer.

Residents and other interested members of the public who wish to participate with the Alcohol Work Group are encouraged to email the delegation at pg2@mlis.state.md.us.

 

Group meetings will be announced through the delegation e-mail notification list and on the delegation website at www.princegeorgeshousedelegation.com.