Colorado beer laws to stay as-is

From the Associated Press:

DENVER, CO — Convenience stores and supermarkets in Colorado won't be allowed to sell full-strength beer following protests by liquor store owners, who said a proposed law change could drive many of them out of business.

The House Business Affairs & Labor Committee voted 7-4 against the proposal late Wednesday after listening to more than seven hours of testimony.

Rep. Joe Rice, D-Littleton, said the state's current liquor laws don't make sense, but he said the state should take a comprehensive look at all of them instead of trying to change them piecemeal.

Right now, convenience stores and supermarkets are largely limited to selling 3.2% percent beer, but they say sales have tanked since liquor stores started staying open on Sundays under a law passed last year.

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