MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Buying booze in the early morning hours would get a little bit easier under a bill passed by the Wisconsin state Senate.
The measure approved on a bipartisan 23-8 vote by the Senate on Thursday would allow grocery and liquor stores to sell beer, wine and other liquor starting at 6 a.m. Current law forbids alcohol sales at retail stores before 8 a.m.
The proposal has been sailing through the Legislature so far. It cleared the Assembly on Tuesday on a voice vote. It now heads to Gov. Scott Walker for his consideration.
The measure does not change the prohibition on selling liquor past 9 p.m. or beer past midnight. Local municipalities would be allowed to disallow the earlier sales in the morning if they wished.
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