published Friday, March 7th, 2014

AL senator gets second shot at liquor tastings

MONTGOMERY, Ala. — State Sen. Billy Beasley is getting a second shot at passing his bill to allow liquor and wine tastings in state-run liquor stores.

The Senate initially voted down his bill 14-17 Thursday. But then the Senate agreed to reconsider the bill and let Beasley try to pass it again next week.

Beasley says distillers want to do the tastings to market their products. The Clayton Democrat says they would conduct the tastings under the supervision of the Alabama Alcoholic Beverage Control Board. His bill limits the tastings to small amounts of two liquors or four wines.

Opposition came from some senators concerned about the promotion of alcohol and from others concerned that the bill didn't cover Alabama's privately run liquor stores.

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