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Hearing Planned on Proposed Connecticut Liquor Law Changes

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Connecticut lawmakers are getting public input on several possible changes to state liquor laws.

The General Assembly's General Law Committee has scheduled a public hearing Tuesday morning.

Among possible changes is a proposal from Democratic Governor Dannel Malloy to eliminate minimum pricing rules for certain alcoholic beverages.

Current state law generally prohibits retailers, such as package stores, from selling alcoholic liquor other than beer below a minimum price. Malloy said that's unfair to the consumer and hurts state tax revenue collections.

The Connecticut Package Store Association opposes the legislation, claiming it will force owners to close their stores.

Legislators will also hear testimony on several other bills that would extend hours that liquor and farm wine can be sold and allow free tastings of farm wine at farmer's markets.

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