Draft beer bill passes

Published 5:58 pm Thursday, March 20, 2014

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Pike County’s draft beer service legislation has officially made it through the state Senate and the House of Representatives.

Two identical bills were introduced, one in each body last week. One bill passed through the House of Representatives as its companion bill passed through the Senate Tuesday. The first to make it through both branches would grant Pike County municipalities the right to decide whether or not restaurants can sell draft beer.

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“The senate version passed in the House at 1 a.m. (Thursday),” said Troy City Councilman Marcus Paramore. “It has been transmitted to the governor for his signature and he has until April 3.”

The bill becomes a law if Gov. Robert Bentley signs it or if he fails to sign it while the Legislature is in session.

Paramore isn’t celebrating yet.

“The only thing he could do to it is veto it, and I don’t think he would do that. But, you never know. You never count your chickens before they hatch,” he said.

With next week being the legislative spring break, Paramore said he would be surprised if Bentley signed the bill before April 3.

Once the bill becomes law, it will be up to Pike County municipalities to grant local businesses the right to sell draft beer. Brundidge, Goshen and Troy city councils have already expressed support of the service.