Wednesday, March 24, 2021

Wisconsin Senate approves allowing bars and restaurants to sell drinks to go

From JSOnline:
Patrick Marley
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

MADISON – The Wisconsin Senate agreed Tuesday to allow people to grab alcoholic drinks to go at bars, restaurants, grocers and liquor stores.

The surprise move drew broad bipartisan support. Senators sent a bill affecting bars and restaurants to Gov. Tony Evers and a broader measure to the Assembly, where its fate is unclear. 

Assembly Bill 32 would allow bars and restaurants to sell wine and mixed drinks in sealed containers for curbside or in-store pickup.

That would give them a new way to boost sales during the coronavirus pandemic when they have seen their sales plummet.

Under current law, bars and restaurants can sell drinks to go only if they are in their original packaging. They can sell a bottle of wine to go, but not a glass of wine to go.

The Assembly passed the bill on a voice vote last week and the Senate approved it 28-2 on Tuesday. Senate Democratic Leader Janet Bewley of Mason and Republican Sen. Julian Bradley of Franklin cast the votes against it.

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