Rhode Island Senate passes wine biscuit bill

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PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) – The Rhode Island Senate has passed a bill that would allow bakers to buy up to 2,000 gallons of wine a year from wholesalers if they’re using it to make wine biscuits.

The Senate passed the bill unanimously on Wednesday.

Wine biscuits are commonly sold by Rhode Island’s Italian-American bakeries. The bill would allow bakers to bypass the state’s strict liquor purchasing rules.

Senate Majority Leader Dominick Ruggerio, a North Providence Democrat, introduced the bill on behalf of a baker, Kristen Catanzaro, who is also a town councilwoman running for mayor of North Providence.

The legislation now moves to the House of Representatives.

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