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UPDATE: Wis. Assembly OKs minors in wineries

UPDATED Thursday, February 13, 2014 --- 7:34 p.m.

MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- The Wisconsin Assembly has approved a bill that would allow minors to enter a winery alone if they're going to tour the business.

Current state law prohibits anyone under 21 from entering or being on the premises of any establishment with a retail alcohol sales license without a parent, guardian or spouse. The bipartisan bill would permit people under the legal drinking age to enter winery banquet and hospitality rooms alone if they're participating in a tour.

The Assembly passed the measure on a voice vote Thursday. The Senate passed the measure earlier this week. It now goes to Gov. Scott Walker who can sign it into law or veto it. A Walker spokesman said the governor would evaluate the bill.

Copyright 2014: Associated Press
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UPDATED Thursday, February 13, 2014 --- 10:55 a.m.

MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- The Wisconsin Assembly is set to vote on a bill that would allow minors to enter a winery alone if they're going to tour the business.

Current state law prohibits anyone under 21 from entering or being on the premises of any establishment with a retail alcohol sales license without a parent, guardian or spouse. The bipartisan bill would permit people under the legal drinking age to enter winery banquet and hospitality rooms alone if they're participating in a tour.

The Senate passed the measure earlier this week. The Assembly is set to take it up Thursday.

Approval would send the bill on to Gov. Scott Walker. The governor's spokesman didn't immediately return a message inquiring about whether Walker supports the proposal.

Copyright 2014: Associated Press

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UPDATED Tuesday, February 11, 2014 --- 12:54 p.m.

MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- The Wisconsin Senate has approved a bill that would allow minors to enter wineries alone if they plan to take a tour.

Current state law prohibits anyone under the age of 21 from entering or being on the premises of any establishment with a retail alcohol sales license without a parent, guardian or spouse. The bipartisan bill would permit people under the legal drinking age to enter winery banquet and hospitality rooms alone if they're participating in a tour.

The Senate passed the measure on a voice vote Tuesday with no debate. It now goes to the state Assembly.

Copyright 2014: Associated Press

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Posted Monday, February 10, 2014 --- 9:16 a.m.

MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- The Wisconsin Senate is set to vote on a bill that would allow minors to enter wineries alone if they plan to take a tour.

Current state law prohibits anyone under the age of 21 from entering or being on the premises of any establishment with a retail alcohol sales license without a parent, guardian or spouse. The bipartisan bill would permit people under the legal drinking age to enter winery banquet and hospitality rooms alone if they're participating in a tour.

The Senate's economic development committee approved the measure 5-0 last month. The full Senate is slated to take up the measure Tuesday.

Copyright 2014: Associated Press

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Posted Thursday, January 23, 2014 --- 9:11 a.m.

MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- Wisconsin wineries are lobbying for a bill that allows minors to tour their establishments without a parent.

The Wisconsin Winery Association's Anna Maenner says it would allow children to see how wine is made, even if they don't get to taste it. Current law says children can't tour a winery without a parent.

Wisconsin Public Radio says minors can tour a brewery even if you're too young to legally drink beer. Although those under 21 can't sample the product.

Copyright 2014: Associated Press


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