ST. LOUIS, MO - As early as tomorrow, St. Louis aldermen may vote on a proposed ordinance that would limit convenience stores with gas stations from selling 5% beer or less.
Board Bill 32 was introduced this April and is designed to limit the strength of beer that stores with gas stations can sell.
The Missouri Petroleum Marketers & Convenience Store Association (MPCA) strongly opposes the bill, arguing that it would "financially devastate all the small businesses in the City of St. Louis that currently retail a full line of alcohol and beer."
Additionally, the MPCA says the bill would reduce local tax revenue, provide a competitive advantage to liquor stores (which would be allowed to sell a full line of alcohol and beer), and fail in its effort to reduce drinking and driving as consumers would simply purchase their alcohol elsewhere.
The MPCA is urging consumers to contact their aldermen and urge them to oppose the bill.