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Proposed beer legislation could mean more money for Mississippi

JACKSON, MS (WLBT) - If signed into law, pending legislation at the state Capitol would allow for the sale and distribution of beer with a higher percentage of alcohol.

Currently in Mississippi, the amount of alcohol allowed in beer is capped at five percent by weight. Proposed legislation in the state House and Senate would boost that to eight percent. Those in favor of the legislation say if the cap is raised, gourmet beers with higher alcohol contents could be sold in the state.

Butch Bailey, the president of "Raise Your Pints Mississippi," says "now this would benefit the state in a number of ways, most pressingly because these products are more expensive, the taxes raised would be higher, so the state would raise revenue without raising taxes."

Members of the Senate finance committee are reviewing the bills.

 
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