The Coeur d’Alene Press is reporting that Idaho lawmakers changed the state’s liquor license rules last year to try to keep recipients from holding the licenses indefinitely but the plan is backfiring.
The article reads:
But some would-be northern Idaho businesses say the move has backfired – while there’s now less of a wait to get one of the limited number of licenses, there’s not enough time to get a bar up and running before they are revoked.
Liquor licenses are issued to those on a waiting list who paid $375 for the privilege a decade or more earlier. The new rules, which went into effect in March 2007, require license holders to go into operation within 180 days, with a 90-day extension possible. They cannot be transferred until after two years of operation, and the person who holds the license must be the owner of the business that uses it.