ST. PAUL, Minn. — State lawmakers passed a pair of bills Friday afternoon before adjourning until Saturday afternoon, 36 hours ahead of the deadline for bills to pass prior to the end of the legislative session.
Both bills, one to overhaul state liquor laws and one to approve new labor contracts for state government employees, were completed behind closed doors.
The liquor deal, after several years of debate, will allow large breweries to sell growlers and small brewers sell four and six packs in taprooms. Distilleries would also be allowed to offer larger bottles in their cocktail rooms.
With work to still be done on large bills related to taxes, education and public safety, it is likely the Legislature will not finish its work prior to the deadline