Bryant Vetoes Liquor Transport Bill

By: The Associated Press
By: The Associated Press

Gov. Phil Bryant has vetoed a bill that would have allowed Mississippians to transport a limited amount of unopened alcohol through dry counties.

Senate Bill 2526 was passed during the waning days of the 2013 session.

The bill would let a person buy the liquor in a wet county and drive through dry counties to another wet county. The bill also set limits on how much unopened liquor could be transported.

In his veto message, Bryant said the bill would undermine illegal liquor enforcement in Mississippi.

Mississippi in 1966 became the last state in the nation to legalize liquor sales, but only in counties that agreed to exempt themselves from the state's prohibition.

Mississippi has a patchwork of "wet" and "dry" counties.

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