- Associated Press - Thursday, February 12, 2015

MADISON, Wis. (AP) - The Wisconsin Assembly has approved a bill that would allow grocery stores to hand out sample mini-shots of liquor.

The bipartisan measure would allow retailers with liquor licenses to provide customers with one half-ounce of booze, the equivalent of a third of a shot. They already can legally offer beer and wine samples.

The bill’s co-author, Republican Rep. Joel Kleefisch of Oconomowoc, says the measure would help distilleries and other liquor sellers compete with breweries and winemakers.

The Assembly passed the bill on a voice vote on Thursday. It now goes to the state Senate.

Similar bills failed in 2012 and 2014.

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