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Longview development group completes signature collection

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LONGVIEW, TX (KLTV) -

A Longview committee has collected the required number of signatures on petitions to place limited beer and wine sales for the current boundaries of Longview on the ballot in May.

According to Laura Krantz, president of Longview United for Growth, the committee plans to turned the signed positions to City of Longview officials after the holidays. The city will then have 30 days to verify the signatures before the petitions must be presented at the next regular city council meeting in February. If the required number of valid signatures has been reached, the local option must be put on the May ballot.

The petition allows a vote for the legal sale of beer and wine for off-premise beer consumption. This would allow beer and wine sales in businesses such as grocery or convenience stores, but would not allow additional liquor stores, except those already approved by voters in previous elections.

Currently, Longview alcohol sales are based on elections held after prohibition. In 2007, Longview citizens voted to allow mixed beverage alcohol sales in restaurants.

Approximately 6,000 signatures of registered Longview voters had to be collected on the petition calling for the vote in May 2013.

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