House Votes to Allow Automated Liquor Machines
Self-service liquor machines might soon be coming to a Connecticut bar near you.
The House of Representatives voted, 129-19, Wednesday in favor of legislation allowing businesses with state liquor permits to offer automated machines that dispense beer and wine to customers.
The bill now awaits action in the Senate.
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Under the proposal, a person verified to be at least 21 years old can purchase a payment card and then obtain up to 32 ounces of beer or 10 ounces of wine. The alcoholic beverage would be dispensed in single-serve 12-ounce glasses.
Proponents said the machines are novelty items, allowing customers to sample different flavors in small amounts before making a final purchase.
But Rep. Devin Carney, a Republican who voted no, said he worries such automation might lead to fewer jobs.