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Tax panel in House passes liquor law changes

In this file photo from May, Gabriel Romero, general manager of The Quarters liquor store on Yale in Albuquerque, stocks shelves. New Mexico legislators are considering a new law that would allow package liquor stores to deliver drinks to customers. (Adolphe Pierre-Louis/Journal)

SANTA FE — Bipartisan legislation to allow package liquor stores and restaurants to deliver alcoholic drinks is headed to the full House for consideration.

House Bill 255 passed the House Taxation and Revenue Committee on a 10-3 vote Monday, sending it to the House floor.

The proposal would make a variety of changes to state liquor laws, including creating a new license for restaurants that want to serve hard liquor, not just beer and wine. It also allows delivery of drinks, in some circumstances.

The bill is sponsored by Democratic Reps. Antonio “Moe” Maestas and Javier Martínez of Albuquerque and House Minority Whip Rod Montoya of Farmington and Rep. Joshua Hernandez of Rio Rancho, both Republicans.

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