A bill passed by the General Assembly Wednesday opens the door for places of worship to move to Laurel's Main Street and other business areas, and for restaurants to serve alcohol, regardless of their proximity to a church.
"This is a win-win for everybody," said Kevin McGhee, president of the Laurel Clergy Association and pastor of Bethany Community Church.
The bill would allow the Laurel City Council to waive the restriction in state law that prohibits businesses in Prince George's County that are located within 500 feet of a church from obtaining a liquor license.
The bill passed the House 135-0 and the Senate 47-0.
While the bill covers all of Laurel, Main Street and the Route 1 corridor will see the biggest impact, McGhee said.