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Ala. Senate Overrides Governor's Veto On Wine Bill

Montgomery, AL – The Alabama Senate has overridden the governor's veto of a bill to allow the sale of stronger wine in Alabama grocery stores and other retail stores.

Gov. Bob Riley had vetoed a bill the Legislature passed last week to allow the sale of wine with up to 24 percent alcohol. The limit has been 16.5 percent for wine.

The Senate voted 20-8 Wednesday to override the governor's veto. For the bill to take effect, the House will have to join the Senate in the override vote before the legislative session ends Thursday.

The bill's sponsor, Democratic Sen. Roger Bedford of Russellville, said it will allow a broader range of products in grocery and convenience stores and wine shops.

(Copyright 2010 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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