MARION – The Marion City Council Monday night voted to increase the number of liquor licenses in the city.
The council amended the alcoholic beverages ordinance to increase the number of Class II licenses from 15 to 25. The change also allows businesses with video gaming to serve beer and wine by individual drink only on Sunday between noon at 10 p.m.
A Marion resident expressed opposition to the change saying he was concerned about drunk driving and shared his religious views saying the change should not be approved.
The board listened to the man’s compliant but still passed the change unanimously saying they have to separate church and state in decisions like this and give local businesses a level playing field. That’s according to WSIL-TV.
City leaders say four business have already requested the licenses leaving six available.