Missouri Senate gave first round approval to a bill that would allow alcohol to be sold in the Capitol for special events.
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Missouri Senate gave first round approval to a bill that would allow alcohol to be sold in the Capitol for special events.

Date: April 1, 2014
By: Jessica Mensch
State Capitol Bureau
Links: SB 674

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Some Missouri legislators want to be able to purchase alcohol at their place of work.
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Wrap: A bill that would allow alcohol to be sold at the Capitol for special events gained first round approval in the Senate.

However, Senator Mike Parson argued allowing the sale of alcohol would send a negative message about the legislature to Missourians.

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Description: "We have adequate alcohol probably here now without selling it on the grounds."

Proponents of the bill said it would help promote events and that people should be trusted to handle themselves responsibly.

Reporting from the state Capitol, I'm Jessica Mensch

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Missouri legislators could soon be allowed to drink at their place of work.
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Wrap: The Senate endorsed a bill that would give themselves access to alcohol at special events in the Capitol.

Opponents argued that selling alcohol would send a negative message to Missourians about their government.

Senator Mike Kehoe said the bill would allow for personal responsibility in the way citizens choose to celebrate.

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Description: "I don't believe that the government needs to tell people whether they can have another beer or wine if the come to a 100th anniversary celebration event."

The bill ultimately gained first round approval in the Senate.

Reporting from the state Capitol, I'm Jessica Mensch.


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