On Wednesday, Florida Governor Rick Scott vetoed the controversial bill that would allow hard liquor to be sold in the same facility as other grocery items. Scott struck down the “Liquor wall” bill citing a the bill was unfair to small business owners.
In his letter Scott writes “I have heard concerns over how this bill could affect small businesses all over Florida. I was a small business owner and many locally owned businesses have told me how this bill will impact their families and their ability to create jobs.”
The bill would allow “big box” retailers to carry hard liquor in their stores and eliminating the extra trip for alcohol to a separate location.
The bill passed by a single vote in the Florida House and was heavily contested throughout it’s journey through the legislature. Opponents of the bill argued it would put alcohol within easy reach of underage employees of the major retailers that would be covered under the bill.