City beer sales bill headed to governor’s desk

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - A bill to allow local governments to obtain permits to sell beer is headed for Gov. Bill Haslam’s desk after being approved by the House on Thursday.

The measure sponsored by Republican Rep. Ryan Hayes of Knoxville was passed on 78-8 vote. The Senate voted 27-4 in favor of the bill last month.

The bill seeks to codify the wide practice of municipal facilities like golf courses selling beer after a recent state attorney general’s opinion found that state law limited permits to private entities.

That opinion was issued after Clarksville officials raised concerns about a 2012 ordinance allowing beer sales at city-owned venues for special events.

Other cities like Nashville decided to continue selling beer at golf courses while the Legislature considered updating state law on the matter.

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