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Monday, March 12, 2007

New Mexico Considers Ban on Cold Beer

The New Mexico House passed a bill by a vote of 35 to 20 over the weekend that sponsors claim will cut drunk driving in the state. The answer: eliminate the sales of single cans and bottles of beer from ice filled bins at stores check out counters.

Rep. Miguel P. Garcia proposed the legislation because he says the easy access to cold beer encourages people to drink and drive. Rep. Garcia had originally proposed a ban on all beer sales at convenience stores after a crash in November that killed six people.

The proposal now moves to the New Mexico Senate. Some have questioned the ban on single beer sales, saying that if the law is passed someone wanting beer will just buy a six pack instead.

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