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Law allows beer vote in smaller cities

JACKSON (AP) — Governor Phil Bryant signed into law Monday a bill to allow smaller municipalities a chance to vote whether they want to legalize beer sales.

The new law allows cities with a population of 1,500 to have a local option vote on beer if they are within three miles of a “wet” city or county. Without the exemption, cities must have 2,500 residents before they can vote on beer or liquor.

The new exemptions only affect six Mississippi towns — Ackerman, Coldwater, Decatur, Farmington, Nettleton and Purvis.

The legislators who represent Farmington and Nettleton in the state house — Nick Bain (R) and Chris Brown (R), respectively — voted against the bill. Senator Hob Bryan (Nettleton) voted for the bill, while Sen. Rita Parks (Farmington) voted against.