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Wed., Jan. 20, 2010, 4:46 p.m.

A long and wild day…

It's been a long and wild day in the Statehouse. Here's a link to my full story on the outcome of today's stormy debate and votes in the Joint Economic Outlook & Revenue Assessment Committee, and here's a link to my full story on Rep. Jim Clark's bill to permit and regulate distilled-spirits samplings, similar to how Idaho authorizes wine-tastings. Incidentally, the Distilled Spirits Council of the United States says at least 36 states permit hard-liquor tastings in bars and restaurants, and 27 of those allow it in retail stores (which Clark's bill wouldn't permit). The council maintains that “product tastings are a traditional, responsible marketing tool.”

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Betsy Z. Russell
Betsy Z. Russell joined The Spokesman-Review in 1991. She currently is a reporter in the Boise Bureau covering Idaho state government and politics, and other news from Idaho's state capital.

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