Mo. lawmakers approve earlier hours to serve alcohol at Lambert International Airport
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Mo. lawmakers approve earlier hours to serve alcohol at Lambert International Airport

Date: May 18, 2012
By: Matt Evans
State Capitol Bureau

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If you're flying out of Lambert at 4 a.m., you'll be able to have a beer under a new proposal approved by Missouri lawmakers.
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Wrap: Alcohol sales would begin at 4 o'clock in the morning at St. Louis-Lambert International Airport if the governor signs the bill into law.

The measure was tacked onto a bill designed to streamline liquor laws on Sunday.

Bill sponsor Springfield Representative Lincoln Hough says allowing liquor to be sold two hours earlier at the airport is catered to international travelers.

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Description: "International travelers that fly in and out of Lambert are operating on their own time clocks and this gives them a little more flexibility at the airport."

The House passed the bill by a vote of 95-55.

Reporting from the state Capitol, I'm Matt Evans. Newsradio 1120 KMOX.

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Lambert International Airport would get the go ahead to start serving alcohol two hours earlier under a measure passed by Missouri lawmakers today.
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Wrap: If the governor signs the bill into law, alcohol sales would begin at 4 a.m at St. Louis-Lambert International Airport.

Under current law, the airport can't start selling liquor until 6 a.m.

The bill sponsor, Springfield Representative Lincoln Hough, says the measure is designed to give more flexibility to international travelers.

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Description: "Lambert is an international airport. The conversations I had with the Senate on that language was international travelers that fly in and out of Lambert are operating under their own time clock."

The measure was tacked on to the original bill designed to streamline liquor laws on Sundays.

Reporting from the state Capitol, I'm Matt Evans. Newsradio 1120 KMOX.

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If you're wanting that cocktail before your 6 a.m. flight at Lambert International Airport, you can under a measure approved by Missouri lawmakers during the last day of the session.
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Wrap: If the governor signs the bill into law, alcohol sales would begin two hours earlier - at 4 a.m. - at St. Louis-Lambert International Airport.

The bill sponsor, Springfield Representative Lincoln Hough, says the measure was tacked onto his bill about Sunday liquor sale laws and make it easier for liquor control agents.

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Description: "It's hard for them to do their jobs when you have different areas different stores opening at different times on Sundays."

Supporters say the measure to push back the time to buy alcohol at Lambert is catered to international travelers.

Reporting from the state Capitol, I'm Matt Evans. Newsradio 1120 KMOX.


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