I was heartened by this editorial in The Howard County Times this week that questions the wisdom of the legislative effort by Delegates Guy Guzzone and Warren Miller to limit liquor store competition in Howard County.
“The beverage association, of course, has an interest in keeping a lid on the number of licenses. Its members get enough competition from each other and would rather not see more. That's understandable, but hardly a reason to pass legislation.
More competition would benefit consumers of beer, wine and liquor, though, and that's reason enough to be skeptical of this bill.”
When this bipartisan effort was launched by Guzzone and Miller back in November, they tried to spin it as a way to help curb underage drinking. The truth is that the licensed beverage lobby is a powerful political force in this state and it looks like they have Guzzone and Miller in their pockets to help them limit competition.