Bill for stronger beer headed to Mississippi governor

By The Associated Press

JACKSON — Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant is making no commitments on a bill that would allow the sale of stronger beer in the state, including some craft beers that have been unavailable because of current regulations.

Bryant’s spokesman says the governor will study the bill once it hits his desk.

Senate Bill 2878 would permit the amount of alcohol by weight in beer to be raised from 5 percent to 8 percent.

The bill passed the House on Tuesday with no debate. It had passed the Senate on March 12.

Democratic Sen. John Horhn of Jackson says Mississippi’s current beer regulations are the strictest in the nation. He says some people are driving out of state to buy stronger brews, and that’s causing Mississippi to lose some tax revenue.