House opposes bill OKing liquor sales by schools

Posted at 9:40 AM, Feb 19, 2016
and last updated 2016-02-19 11:40:58-05

The House failed to pass a measure that would allow convenience stores to sell liquor within 300 feet of a school or church.

Rep. T.J. Shope of Coolidge sponsored the bill that would permit stores to get a liquor license within 300 feet of a school or church if it meets specific requirements.

A lobbyist for Circle K crafted the measure to make it easier for convenience stores to apply for liquor licenses.

Debbie McCune Davis of Phoenix said she had concerns the measure would invite bad behavior nearer to schools and churches.

A similar bill died in the House last session.

The House failed to pass House Bill 2372 on a 22-35 vote Thursday.