Junction City's attempt to be a fourth-class city passed in the state Senate, but it is running into opposition from the state legislator who lives there and from the City Council.
Councilman Dewayne Taylor, who is pushing the idea, says the change is for the city's economy, not liquor.
A fourth-class city can have an election to sell packaged liquor in a dry county, but a fifth-class city cannot, which had Rep. Mike Harmon, R-Junction City, wondering. He said he does not support changing the city's class if the intent is to have a wet-dry vote.
In a fifth-class city there can be an election to allow liquor-by-the-drink, but not packaged sales.
State Sen. Tom Buford, R-Nicholasville, said he sponsored the bill because Taylor asked him to sponsor it. Buford said he doesn't have a position on the alcohol issue.
Buford has also introduced a bill would allow Shakertown and other historic sites to have an election for liquor-by-the-drink sales. That bill was introduced with the local option in mind.