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Bills loosening alcohol sales go to NC House floor

By Associated Press
Published On: May 01 2013 12:51:08 PM CDT
Updated On: May 01 2013 12:51:38 PM CDT
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RALEIGH, N.C. -

Legislations freeing up alcohol sales in stadiums and retail locations are heading to the North Carolina House floor.

A House commerce committee signed off Wednesday on a bill allowing more in-stand alcohol sales in stadiums and another bill allowing retailers to stock beer in larger, refillable containers.

The first measure would allow employees to sell alcohol in the seating areas of stadiums or ballparks with a seating capacity of at least 3,000. The law previously allowed for in-stand sales only in stadiums of 60,000 or more.

The second bill is aimed at helping the state's craft brewers, who often package their product in containers of up to 64 ounces. The containers known as "growlers" currently are not allowed.
    
Some Republicans and religious groups opposed the bills, saying they would encourage greater consumption.