Senate Passes One Sampling Bill as House Defeats Another

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) -- Legislation aimed at giving Kentucky bourbon makers more opportunities to showcase their whiskey had mixed results Wednesday during a special legislative session.

The state Senate passed a version that would allow distilleries and wineries to offer offsite complimentary tastings. The samplings would have to be done at authorized retail locations, and the alcohol would have to be bought from the retailer.

Meanwhile, the House defeated a related bill.

That measure would have allowed bourbon distillers to set up sampling booths at conventions and special events, including the World Equestrian Games in Lexington in September.

The Senate-passed bill now heads to the House, where it has been assigned to a committee.


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