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Wyoming House vote 48-12 to allow distilleries to open two satellite tasting rooms

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CASPER, Wyo. — The Wyoming House of Representatives passed House Bill 159 on a third reading vote of 48-12 on Wednesday. The legislation would allow liquor manufacturers in Wyoming to open two satellite tasting rooms to serve their products to customers.

Under existing law, they are able to sell their product at only one satellite location separate from their manufacturing site.

Provisions to allow liquor manufacturers to ship products directly to households in Wyoming were stripped out the bill in an amendment the House adopted on first reading.

“We’ll get to the direct shipments later,” Rep. Hans Hunt (Niobrara, Weston, Goshen) said ahead of the first reading vote. Hunt serves on the House Corporations, Elections & Political Subdivisions Committee who worked House Bill 159.

House Corporations, Elections & Political Subdivisions Committee Chair Shelly Duncan (Goshen) said that some shipments of liquor directly to customers is already occurring in Wyoming and that the original language of House Bill 159 aimed to ensure oversight and regulation of that.

She said the original draft of the bill would have helped “move our state into capturing lost revenue of sales that are currently happening.”

Duncan said the amendment to remove the direct to consumer sales aspect of the legislation was proposed as a compromise.

The House’s 48-12 vote on House Bill 159 was as follows:

Ayes: ANDREW, BAKER, BANKS, BEAR, BLACKBURN, BROWN, BURKHART, BURT, CLAUSEN, CLIFFORD, CONNOLLY, CRAGO, DUNCAN, EKLUND, EYRE, FLITNER, GRAY, GREEAR, HALLINAN, HARSHMAN, HENDERSON, HUNT, KINNER, BARLOW, LARSEN, L, MACGUIRE, MARTINEZ, NEWSOME, NICHOLAS, OAKLEY, OBERMUELLER, O’HEARN, OLSEN, PAXTON, PROVENZA, ROSCOE, SCHWARTZ, SHERWOOD, SOMMERS, SWEENEY, WALTERS, WASHUT, WESTERN, WILLIAMS, WILSON, WINTER, YIN, ZWONITZER
Nays: FORTNER, HAROLDSON, HEINER, JENNINGS, KNAPP, LAURSEN, D, NEIMAN, OTTMAN, SIMPSON, STITH, STYVAR, WHARFF

The legislation will move to the Senate for consideration.

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