MONTGOMERY-The Alabama House has given final approval to a bill that will allow towns with populations as small as 1,000 residents to vote to legalize the sale of alcoholic beverages.
The House voted 49-23 Tuesday for a revised version of the bill. The Senate voted 17-9 for the bill earlier Tuesday. The bill now goes to Gov. Bob Riley for his consideration.
State law currently allows towns with at least 7,000 people to vote to legalize liquor sales in dry counties. The bill by Democratic Rep. Jimmy Martin of Clanton will allow many smaller towns to vote wet if the voters choose.
To get a liquor referendum on the ballot, supporters will have to collect signatures equaling 30 percent of the voters in the last general election in the town.
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