Idaho spirits sampling bill flops

BOISE, Idaho -- Any hopes consumer and vendors had of being allowed to legally hold liquor samplings in the state were burst today.

The legislature's House State Affairs Committee had an 8-8 tie vote on State Rep. Jim Clark’s proposal to allow liquor sampling at Idaho distilleries, just as wine tasting already is.Thus, the house bill failed to move on.

“HB 393 is a small-business jobs bill,” Clark told the committee, pointing out that there are distilleries in Boise, Rigby, Coeur d'Alene, Idaho Falls, Caldwell and Eagle, and one proposed for Kootenai County.

However, several committee members voiced concerns about the higher alcohol content in distilled spirits compared to wine.

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