Malloy's proposed changes to Connecticut's liquor laws receive mixed reviews

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HARTFORD, Connecticut — Gov. Dannel P. Malloy's latest proposal to overhaul Connecticut's liquor laws is receiving a mixed reception at state Capitol.

The Distilled Spirits Council hailed the Democrat's plan to end the state's minimum bottle price requirement and allow more competitive alcohol pricing as a victory for consumers and the state. In testimony provided Monday to the legislature's finance committee, they predicted $150 million in new state revenue would be generated.

But there's strong opposition to the governor's bill.

The Connecticut Beer Wholesalers Association said increasing the number of retail permits an owner can hold from three to six favors chain stores. The group predicted small liquor stores will ultimately close.

Ben Barnes, Malloy's budget secretary, warned lawmakers that predictions of massive store closures after Sunday sales were allowed have not occurred.

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