Montana Legislature Decides Against Expanded Brewery Taproom Hours

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The Montana legislature was considering legislation to extend the hours in which brewery taprooms could stay open and serve the public. 3KRTV.com reports that the bill died a quick death, however:

A bill allowing Montana microbrewery taprooms to extend their hours to 10 p.m. died a quick death.

Without discussion, the House Business and Labor Committee voted 16-to-3 to kill the measure Friday morning.

The committee had a hearing on House Bill 185 earlier this week.

Montana craft brewers supported the bill, saying that allowing their tap rooms to remain open for an additional two hours would help the booming industry keep growing.

But tavern and restaurant owners strongly opposed it…

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