• From the Denver Daily News:
DENVER, CO -- Several lawmakers and others converged on the state Capitol yesterday to demand the defeat of a bill allowing the sale of full-strength beer in grocery stores and convenience stores.
The bill, HB 1192, sponsored by Rep. Buffie McFadyen, D-Pueblo West, and Sen. Jennifer Veiga, D-Denver, seeks to allow grocers and convenience stores to be able to sell “full-strength beer,” which is beer with more than 3.2% alcohol. Currently only liquor stores in Colorado can sell full-strength beer, and since the legislature passed a law last year allowing the sale of liquor on Sundays, grocers and convenience stores have reported a 68% drop in sales of 3.2 beer.
But those who spoke yesterday against the bill, which included several lawmakers, representatives from area cities and representatives from Mothers Against Drunk Driving, said in a press release that the bill will hurt in the fight against underage drinking.
One contention they have is that the bill would allow grocery store workers and convenience store workers who are under the age of 21 to be able to sell full-strength beer. Clerks at liquor stores must be at least 21, they point out.
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