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Arkansas governor signs bill expanding grocery wine sales

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LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - Arkansas' governor has signed into law a measure expanding the types of wine that grocery stores in the state can sell.

A spokesman for Gov. Asa Hutchinson said Wednesday the governor signed the bill changing the state law which currently only allows grocery stores to sell wines from small wineries. More expansive selections of wine are currently only available at liquor stores. The proposal had the support of Bentonville-based Wal-Mart. Opponents of the measure included many liquor store owners, who argued that the legislation could put them out of business.

The legislation also allows liquor stores to sell "consumables and edible products" that complement beverages.

The expanded wine sales under the new law will take effect in October.

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