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Strong beer sales bill headed to Haslam's desk

April 15th, 2014 8:19 am by Associated Press

Strong beer sales bill headed to Haslam's desk

A selection of microbrews. Photo Credit: MGN online/Courtesy of Definitionale

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A bill to allow stronger beer to be sold in Tennessee supermarkets and convenience stores is headed for Gov. Bill Haslam's desk.

The House voted 72-12 on Monday to approve the bill sponsored by Republican Rep. Ryan Haynes of Knoxville. The Senate last week passed its version sponsored by Sen. Bill Ketron of Murfreesboro on a 22-7 vote.

Current law allows any beer stronger than 5 percent by weight — or about 6.3 percent by the more common measure of alcohol by volume — to only to be sold in liquor stores. The bill would raise that limit to 8 percent by weight, or about 10 percent by volume.

The change would take effect in 2017.

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