Maine ban on 'nips' sales fails to get panel approval
AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — Maine Gov. Paul LePage's proposed prohibition on miniature booze sales is dead after a key vote from the state's liquor commission.
The Louisiana-based producer of the Fireball Cinnamon Whiskey and industry groups fought against the Republican governor's proposed prohibition on in-state sales of 50-milliliter alcohol bottles.
The LePage-appointed liquor commission voted 3-1 Tuesday to maintain the status quo.
The alcohol company Sazerac called the proposal politically motivated and lacking evidence.
Sazerac threatened to reconsider a planned expansion of its Lewiston plant.
The fight began when LePage unsuccessfully opposed a Democrat's amended bill to reduce littering by adding a five-cent bottle deposit to the tiny liquor bottles.
LePage first said the bill would increase state redemption costs and later said it didn't do enough to combat drunken driving.