Legislature Drinks In Potential Liquor Law Changes

JACKSON, MS (Ben Caxton) — Two measures before the state legislature could change Mississippi’s liquor laws. House Bills 192 and 995 were approved by the House Ways and Means Committee. HB 192 would allow people to carry unopened containers of alcohol, wine, and beer through dry areas on a state or federal highway. Right now it’s against the law to possess alcohol in a dry county. Only six Mississippi counties allow no beer or alcohol sales anywhere, but many other counties are patchworks of wet and dry areas and charges could be aimed at bootleggers, or bolster other charges against someone an officer is arresting. HB 995 would permit visitors to buy alcohol directly from distilleries but not drink it on site. The distiller would have to ship the alcohol to the state Department of Revenue’s Alcoholic Beverage Control warehouse in Madison County then buy it back. Both bills have been sent to the full House for debate.


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