The Senate has given final approval to HB 132 – legislation that has become an omnibus liquor bill. The legislation sponsored by Senator Ryan McKenna (D-Crystal City) started out as a bill to allow certain charitable organizations to begin selling liquor at 9:00 am instead of 11:00 am on Sundays. It now includes several other provisions.

Among the provisions is a change to rules regarding employees with felony convictions. Those individuals will be allowed to serve alcohol if his or her felony conviction is unrelated to the manufacture or sale of alcohol.

Another provision would allow a restaurant or bar without an onsite brewery that serves 45 or more different types of draft beer to sell 32 fluid ounces or more to customers for consumption off the premises.

The bill, which has undergone several changes, must now go back to the House where the differences in the two chambers’ versions will have to be reconciled before the legislation can be sent to Governor Jay Nixon.

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