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Councilwoman: Too many liquor stores in lower income districts

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BATON ROUGE- The East Baton Rouge Metro Council took up a measure tonight that would make it harder to get and keep a liquor license.

Council members Donna Collins-Lewis, Ronnie Edwards and Tara Wicker say there are too many stores that sell alcohol in their districts.

News 2 spoke to Linday Day, whose daycare is located across the street from a liquor store in District 6, and approves of tougher licensing measures.

"I do see them coming in and out with the beer or the liquor in the bags. And sometimes I do find bottles in the parking lot ," Day said.

She says she didn't want to set up her daycare next to a liquor store, but in her community she said it's hard to find any building that isn't a few feet from one.

"I guess it's like you may see in these areas more people hanging on the corners, but you don't see that in the more higher-class areas," she adds.

The prevalence of liquor stores in lower-income communities is an issue that's been discussed in Metro Council for years. Some say it's too easy to get a liquor license in lower-income areas.

"They call themselves grocery stores, but they main thing they are selling is alcohol," said Councilwoman Collins-Lewis

That's why she says she's trying to making tougher for the stores to set up shop.

""We're looking at the number of liquor stores in any one concentrated area. We're looking at the high crime rate," she said, "we're looking at alot of different dynamics and changing this ordinance."

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