Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Times-News: Supreme Court Rules One Liquor License Application Per Resident

Posted By on Wed, Feb 29, 2012 at 8:57 AM

The Idaho Supreme Court has ruled in favor of a policy by Idaho's Alcohol Beverage Control Bureau that allows an applicant to be placed on a city's waiting list for a liquor license one request at a time.

This morning's Twin Falls Times-News reports that Twin Falls resident Dan Fuchs had applied for a liquor license more than 20 times during the 1990s in six different cities: Twin Falls, Idaho Falls, Bellevue, Ketchum, Hailey and Sun Valley. All but one of Fuch's applications were bounced from the waiting lists in each city and he was refunded more than $5,000 in application fees.

Fuchs fought the Idaho State Police's ABC through Twin Falls District Court and eventually Idaho's high court. The Supreme Court concluded that it was legal to remove Fuchs' name beyond the first application in each city.

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