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Beer ABW bill clears the Senate

Bills that would raise the alcohol-by-weight limit in beer in Mississippi from 5 percent to 8 percent have cleared the House and the Senate, clearing the way for whatever differences the two chambers have over the legislation to be ironed out in conference committee.

The Senate, by a vote of 37-14, followed the House’s lead and passed its own version of the bill Monday afternoon, three days before the floor deadline, which means that have already cleared committee have to pass the floor of the originating chamber or die.

This is big news for Raise Your Pints and other supporters of the craft beer movement. The bills in each chamber have received enough bipartisan support that there’s not much of a chance either of the bills will die in conference. Like Rep. Hank Zuber did in the House, Sen. John Horhn, D-Jackson, made the bill about tourism and economic development, not alcohol, when he presented it to the Senate.

Whoever the conferees are from each chamber should continue to beat that drum.