Draft Beer Latest

It will be next week before the Alabama senate can vote on a bill that would allow Houston County residents to legalize the sale of draft beer.

The measure has 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, but more political wrangling Wednesday night kept the measure in limbo until Thursday morning.

Senator Harri Anne Smith of Slocomb said now that the bill has started moving again, it will almost certainly come up for a vote next week.

If the measure is approved by next Thursday, Houston County Commission Chairman Mark Culver said residents will be able to vote on draft beer sales in the June 6 primary.

If approval comes later, then Houston County voters would have to wait until the November general election to decide the issue.