The Lubbock Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors voted Tuesday, after careful consideration, to lead an alcohol sales petition effort. The Chamber surveyed its members in July, who were in overwhelming support of the Chamber leading a petition effort.
"The Board decided to lead the petition effort, so that Lubbock citizens can exercise their constitutional right to vote on this important business issue of expanded alcohol sales in the City limits," said Lubbock Chamber Chairman Gary Gregory. "The Chamber is neither in favor nor against expanded alcohol sales, we are in favor, however, of allowing the citizens to decide for themselves."
The Chamber will form a political action committee (PAC) and the success of this effort will be contingent on the PAC's ability to secure adequate funding. However, if the appropriate funds are not raised in a timely manner, the PAC will review its options.
The Lubbock Area Baptist Association suggests that alcohol sales in the city limits would increase the number of drunken drivers in the City of Lubbock. It would also increase the number of traffic accidents and fatalitites, increase the use of hospital facilities, increase domestic violence, increase the prison population, and increase the loss of economic productivity and income. Therefore, the group passed a resolution on Monday, urging people not to sign a petition for the purpose of a city-wide vote for the approval of packaged alcohol sales.
The Chamber's effort will begin immediately and those interested in contributing to the petition effort are encouraged to contact the Chamber at (806) 761-7000.