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Thursday, May 14, 2009

Senate overrides Riley's veto on liquor sales

The Legislature, after several attempts, overrode the veto of Gov. Bob Riley on Thursday on a bill that deals with municipal option to allow liquor sales.

The bill now becomes law after both the House and Senate have voted to override the veto.

The Senate voted 18-11 to override the veto on Thursday.

The law will allow municipalities in dry counties to approve liquor sales through a referendum. Currently, municipalities must have a population of 7,000 to have municipal option, but the bill lowers that number to 1,000. The bill excludes three counties: Clay, Randolph and Blount.

The bill is sponsored by Rep. Jimmy Martin, D-Clanton.

-- posted by Sebastian Kitchen

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