Booze-to-go approved by Wisconsin Senate

The bill was previously approved by the Assembly, and now goes to Evers
Published: Mar. 23, 2021 at 3:34 PM CDT
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MADISON, Wis. (AP) - The Wisconsin state Senate has overwhelmingly approved a pair of bills loosening restrictions on alcohol to-go in hopes of bolstering business for bars, restaurants and grocery stores during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Under the bill, any Class B alcohol license holder could sell mixed drinks and wine by the glass to go with a “tamper-evident” seal. The drinks could be sold for pickup only, not delivery.

The Senate approved the bill on a 28-2 vote with no debate.

As previously reported, the Assembly passed it last week.

It now goes to Gov. Tony Evers.

More than 30 states have similar laws.

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The second bill would allow people to order alcohol from grocery stores and taverns online or by phone and pick it up in a parking space associated with the seller.

The Senate passed the measure on a voice vote with no debate.

It now goes to the Assembly.

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