- Associated Press - Thursday, May 19, 2016

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) - The Rhode Island House of Representatives has passed a bill to help bakers buy wine in bulk for use in making wine biscuits.

The House voted 64-0 to pass the bill Thursday. The state Senate passed a companion bill Wednesday. Each chamber needs to approve the other’s bill before it heads to Democratic Gov. Gina Raimondo.

Wine biscuits are commonly sold by Rhode Island’s Italian-American bakeries.

The legislation would create a special wine biscuit license letting bakers buy up to 2,000 gallons of wine a year from wholesalers.It’s been proposed for years by baker and North Providence Town Councilwoman Kristen Catanzaro.

Rep. Michael Marcello, a Scituate Democrat, says it’s the type of bill that shows how antiquated Rhode Island’s liquor laws are and how they need to be updated.


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