Legislation that would permit alcohol vending machines at Connecticut bars and restaurants passed the House on Tuesday, April 10.
Sponsored by David Arconti, D-Danbury, the bill would allow people 21 and older to buy beer, wine and cider at self-dispensing machines with a card obtained from the bartender. Consumers would be limited to 10-ounces of wine or 32-ounces of beer from the machine.
A total of 110 state representatives voted in favor of the bill. Six did not vote, while 34 were opposed. Several legislators voting no said they fear the machines would allow drunk people to buy more booze, increasing drunk driving accidents.
Last year, a similar bill for alcohol vending machines passed the House, but did not win Senate approval.
It now awaits Senate approval.
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