Alaska Booze Reform Bill Unexpectedly Dies

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Last week we noted that Alaska was considering a revamp of its alcohol laws, but it appears that the reform has died almost as soon as it got off the ground. The Daily News-Miner reports that the introduction of a new amendment to the legislation caused it to be withdrawn:

A wide-ranging overhaul of the state's alcohol laws essentially died Thursday when its author withdrew it from committee following public outcry over a House amendment that would have cut brewery and distillery serving sizes by one-third...

The amendment cutting serving sizes in breweries and distilleries came out of the House Labor and Commerce Committee. Public criticism has focused on potential conflicts of interest within the committee and was pointed at Rep. Louise Stutes, R-Kodiak, who is a former member of the Cabaret, Hotel, Restaurant and Retailers Association and owned a bar in Kodiak for 25 years, and Rep. Adam Wool, D-Fairbanks, the committee's vice chairman who owns The Blue Loon, a bar and nightclub in Ester.

The amendment aimed to cut brewery serving sizes from 36 ounces to 24 ounces a day and distillery serving sizes from 3 ounces to 2 ounces a day...

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