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Looser liquor law sails through Senate

Sunday diners could enjoy a mimosa with their brunch under a bill that moved closer to passage Thursday.
Sunday diners could enjoy a mimosa with their brunch under a bill that moved closer to passage Thursday. mfaulkner@star-telegram.com

Sunday morning alcohol sales would be allowed in restaurants under a bill the state Senate approved on Thursday.

Dubbed the “brunch bill,” the proposed legislation would let cities and counties approve liquor sales as early as 10 a.m., which is two hours earlier than the law currently allows.

In a nod to the state’s growing distillery industry, Senate Bill 155 would also let distillers sell up to five bottles a year to visitors who tour their plants. They are allowed to sell only one bottle now.

Distillers could also hand out quarter-ounce samples at street festivals and other events; they would have to buy a $200 permit to do that.

The Senate voted 32-13 to pass the bill, which now goes to the House.

Craig Jarvis: 919-829-4576, @CraigJ_NandO

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