House votes to allow beer in pouches

A bill that would allow malt beverages, including beer, to be sold in Connecticut in pliable pouches is moving through the General Assembly.

The House of Representatives voted 120-25 on Wednesday in favor of the legislation. The bill now awaits action in the Senate.

The state's liquor industry has pushed for the bill. It has argued Connecticut is the only state that bans such packaging for malt-based products and how the same kind of packaging is used for many products such as sauces, juices and laundry detergents.

Connecticut's Department of Energy and Environmental Protection, however, has opposed the bill.

DEEP argues that such containers cannot be recycled and the legislation runs counter to the state's efforts to boost the rate of recycling and reuse in Connecticut.

- Associated Press


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