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Maine Gov. LePage Vetoes Bill Ensuring Fair Pint of Beer



    Maine Gov. LePage Vetoes Bill Ensuring Fair Pint of Beer
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    BERLIN, GERMANY - NOVEMBER 12: A bartender at Hops & Barley brewpub pours a pint of beer on November 12, 2013 in Berlin, Germany. In a country known for centuries for its beer, several microbreweries have opened within the past year that are not only bending traditional rules on the types of ingredients used, opting for American-style hops such as Amarillo and Cascade instead of German ones, but also moving beyond the official legal doctrine, known as the Reinheitsgebot, or 'German Beer Purity Law,' which stated that water, barley and hops were the only ingredients allowed in the production of the beverage. While the law has since been expanded, it continues to be referenced on beer bottles for marketing purposes. (Photo by Adam Berry/Getty Images)

    Maine's governor has vetoed a bill that sought to ensure that any pint of beer sold in the state would be 16 ounces.

    Supporters of Democratic Sen. John Patrick's measure contend that some establishments use shorter glasses for beers they advertise as pints. Patrick says Mainers should get what they're paying for.

    But Republican Gov. Paul LePage said in his veto message on Monday that the state already has laws protecting against deceptive trade practices and this bill would create additional financial and regulatory burdens on businesses.

    LePage says that unlike some elected officials, he doesn't "believe the answer to every problem is more government, more laws and more regulation."

    It would take two-thirds support in both the House and Senate to override LePage's veto. 

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