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Bill passes that would allow liquor in gas stations


DES MOINES (KWWL) -- Gas stations in Iowa could soon be selling hard liquor in the main aisles near other items.

Supporters say the bill that passed could generate $3 million. However, some are concerned about the impact on neighborhoods near the gas stations.

Currently gas stations can only sell liquor in a separate space with a separate cash register. The state estimates 200 more stores would obtain a class E liquor license to sell liquor alongside other items. The cost is about $4,000 a year, depending on the size of the gas station and the population of the town.

There are 760 liquor stores operating in the state, and many of those owners are concerned this new policy could pull from their business as well as lead to more underage or binge drinking.

The bill now goes to Gov. Terry Branstad for his consideration.

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