Senators win key liquor vote during late night at Capitol

Senate Republicans won a key amendment to the liquor bill following a late night at the Capitol.

The state Senate opted to extend its 11 p.m. curfew Friday night, with the vote taking place just after 1 a.m. Saturday morning.

Senate Majority Leader Dominic Pileggi spent hours securing the votes for the amendment, which passed along party lines.

In part, the amendment allows beer distributors to sell wine and spirits along with beer. Gas stations that qualify will be allowed to sell alcohol, and breweries can sell their beer at farmers' markets.

Democrats criticized the early-morning vote, calling it horribly confusing.

The entire bill now needs to be passed by both the Senate and House before heading to the governor's desk. 

The state budget deadline is Sunday.

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