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Legislation allowing alcohol sales in Missouri state Capitol fails

The Associated Press reported Thursday that a bid to allow alcohol sales for special events at the Missouri Capitol appears to have run dry.

Missouri House members had voted Wednesday to override Gov. Jay Nixon's veto of the bill. But the Senate quit early Thursday without taking a vote on the measure.

The bill would have allowed sales of alcohol, food and souvenirs at Capitol events commemorating the 100th anniversary of the building or the 200th anniversary of Missouri's statehood. The intent was to raise money for state celebrations.

Nixon said he vetoed the bill because it presents a poor image to visiting children and families.

The AP also notes that drinking alcohol already is permitted and common at the Capitol. That might be an understatement.

Free beer and liquor is frequently distributed to lawmakers via pushcart courtesy of Missouri breweries and liquor wholesalers. Has been for decades.

So the loss of the bill won’t mean a dry Missouri state Capitol. That’s not in the cards anytime soon.