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Bill clears House that would allow estate liquor auctions

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) A deceased person's wine and liquor collection could soon be up for auction.

The Connecticut House of Representatives unanimously approved a bill Tuesday that allows alcoholic liquor from an estate to be sold at an auction. The legislation now needs Senate approval.

Democratic Rep. David Kiner of Enfield said there is currently no legal way to legally resell liquor from estates in Connecticut, such as wine collections. He said some larger Connecticut estates have held auctions in neighboring New York.

Republican Rep. Dan Carter of Bethel voiced support for the bill, saying it doesn't make much sense having to cross the state border to get rid of wine.

The bill requires the probate court with jurisdiction over the estate and the consumer protection commissioner to approve of the transition.

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