Draft Beer Bill Update


A bill that would allow residents to vote on legalizing draft beer sales in Houston County has finally started moving again in the Alabama Legislature.

The measure had been stalled with a lot of other legislation because of a political squabble between Senator Roger Smitherman and House Republicans.

The draft beer bill has already passed the House and a compromise reached Thursday could allow the measure to come up for a vote on the floor of the Senate as early as Thursday.

Senator Harri Anne Smith of Slocomb said if the measure doesn't come up Tuesday, it will almost certainly be voted on next week.

Houston County Commission Chairman Mark Culver has already calculated that the bill must be approved by next Thursday in order for residents to vote on draft beer sales in the June 6 primary.

If approval comes later, then Houston County voters could still cast votes on the draft beer issue in the November general election.