Senate tables Omnibus Liquor bill

By KBJR News 1

May 6, 2014 Updated May 6, 2014 at 4:29 PM CST

Duluth, MN (NNCNOW.com) - Action on Minnesota's proposed Sunday liquor sales will have to wait.

The Senate blocked a vote on the omnibus liquor bill on the floor Tuesday afternoon.

The move by the author of the bill, Sen. James Metzen (DFL-St. Paul) came after the floor approved an amendment allowing Sunday growler sales in a 43 to 22 vote.

That same measure was stripped from the bill during a Tax Committee Hearing on Monday.

“After a disappointing committee vote yesterday that stripped brewery and brewpub provisions, it was heartening to see the vast majority of my Senate colleagues vote to support these small businesses across Minnesota that generate $80 million in revenue a year and employ more than 8,000 Minnesotans. I'm not sure where we go from here given that the liquor bill was tabled, but today's vote sends a strong message," Sen. Roger Reinert (DFL-Duluth) said in a statement.

A full-scale repeal was shot down in a 42-22 vote.

Written by Kevin Jacobsen
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