Politics & Government
8:34 am
Mon January 27, 2014

Selma Councilman Wants Moratorium on Businesses Selling Alcohol

A Selma City Council member is proposing a temporary ban on new businesses that sell alcohol.

Councilman Cecil Williamson says the west Alabama city doesn't need any more of what he calls "liquor establishments."

So Williamson is proposing a six-month moratorium on city licenses for some new businesses.

The Selma Times-Journal (http://bit.ly/1i3zu0Z ) reports the ban could include liquor stores, bars and convenience stores. Williamson says he wants to research the number of such businesses that other, similarly sized cities have.

Williamson is a pastor, and he says people should exercise moderation. He says he's trying to look out for the safety of residents.

His proposal comes as city leaders in Selma already are considering a moratorium on payday lending businesses.