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Thursday, May 14, 2009

Senate Frees the Hops But Wait...

In an 22 to 9 vote, the Senate voted to free the Hops and allow for the sale of higher alcohol content beer, but changes made in the upper chamber still have to be agreed upon by the House.

A strange twist of fate caused a senator who is vehemently opposed to the bill to vote in support of it. State Sen. Hank Erwin, R-Montevallo, is one of the leading opponents of the bill because of his aversion to drinking, but the Senate's use of a common practice while he was out of the room recorded a "yea" vote for him.

The bill was passed using a previous roll under which Erwin had voted yes. He was apparently out of the room, when the call for objectors was made, and the bill was passed. Welcome to the Alabama Legislature ya'll.

The Senate amended the bill so that the "high octane" beers, as House sponsor state Rep. Thomas Jackson called them can't be sold in convienence stores. The House concurred with the amendment, but the governor could still veto it.

-- posted by Markeshia Ricks

UPDATE: Gov. Bob Riley signed a bill that would allow for the sale of higher content wine, accrding to al.com, the outlook might be good for the Hops to be free at last.

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