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MONTGOMERY — Alabama could soon allow people to get beer, wine and liquor delivered to their homes, under a bill approved Thursday by the House of Representatives.

Representatives voted 79-12 for the Senate-passed alcohol delivery bill sponsored by Sen. Jabo Waggoner, R-Vestavia Hills. The Alabama Senate will now decide whether to go along with House changes or send the bill to a conference committee. The House changed the bill to include brewpubs and distilleries among groups that could have products delivered.

The beverages could only be delivered to people age 21 and older by companies licensed to deliver. There would also be limits on how much could be delivered in a 24-hour period. For example, beer deliveries would be limited to five cases, and wine deliveries would be limited to 12 bottles.

Lawmakers have debated alcohol delivery bills for years, but the proposals never won final approval.

"It has been three long years," Rep. Gil Isbell, R-Gadsden, said after the House passage.

Representatives also approved a second bill to allow the direct shipment of wine to Alabama residents. That bill now moves to the Alabama Senate.

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