MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) - The Alabama House has passed a hotly contested bill that could remove the state's distinction of being the only one in the nation prohibiting people from brewing beer at home.
The House voted 58-33 to approve the bill by Republican Rep. Mac McCutcheon. The bill passed the House last year, but died in the Senate.
When the Mississippi Legislature recently voted to legalize home brewing, the move left Alabama as the only state where the procedure is illegal. Supporters argued that many in Alabama are already making their own beer.
Opponents urged House members to kill the bill, saying it would make it easier for children to gain access to beer.
The bill now goes to the Senate for debate.