Kihei resident Madge Schaefer and the Committee for Responsible Liquor Control filed a lawsuit in 2nd Circuit Court on Friday seeking the repeal of recent rule changes approved by the Liquor Control Commission that included the removal of blackout periods for the sale of alcohol, allowed home delivery of alcoholic products and removed the cap on the number of hostess bars.
The commission has come under fire for approving the changes on Feb. 8, with Schaefer and others in the community questioning
whether there was proper public notice and comment. Schaefer filed a Sunshine Law complaint against the commission over the notice for the meeting and a group has formed, the Coalition to Repeal 24-Hour Alcohol Sales, to protest the changes. The Coalition consists of law enforcement groups, youth and substance abuse treatment organizations, Mothers Against Drunk Driving and religious officials.
The commission will be taking up a petition calling for repeal of the changes by Wailuku resident Mahina Martin, a founder of the Coalition, at a special meeting on Tuesday and at its regular monthly meeting on Wednesday. Both meetings begin at 9 a.m. in the Trask Building in Wailuku.