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Update: Missouri House passes bill protecting state liquor wholesalers

Missouri’s House has passed a hotly-contested bill protecting the state’s liquor wholesalers in their dispute with brewers, distillers, and other producers.

For a full background report on the issues, click

here

.

In a statement this afternoon, liquor suppliers “blasted” the unexpected passage of the measure, which had stalled in the legislature.

“It’s not the government’s role to legislate business relationships,” said

Ben Jenkins

, Vice President of the

Distilled Spirits Council,

in a statement emailed to reporters. “If this legislation passes, wholesalers will have no incentive to meet the needs of suppliers since there will be no consequences for their actions.

UPDATE

: Here’s a quote from

Sue McCollum

of Major Brands, a liquor wholesaler:

“The Missouri House has taken a big step today toward protecting thousands of Missouri jobs. This bill would restore the regulatory framework that has existed since Prohibition, but was weakened by a federal court.

“Now we need the Missouri Senate to take up and pass this crucial, bi-partisan piece of legislation.”

The bill now goes to the Missouri Senate, where prospects are uncertain.

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