A bill which would allow automated alcohol dispensing machines stalled in the state Senate despite overwhelming passage in the House. Danbury Representative David Arconti says the measure would have a positive financial impact, so he's hopeful it could be raised this summer in a special session.
Proponents say the machines are novelty items. Opponents worry automation might lead to fewer jobs.
Arconti argues that people would still have to get ID'd. A person verified to be at least 21 years old would then purchase a payment card and pour themselves up to 32 ounces of beer or 10 ounces of wine. The alcoholic beverage would be dispensed in single-serve, 12-ounce glasses.
43 other states allow these tap machines in restaurants.
Arconti says with the rise in brew pubs, this type of machine could help expand the craft beer industry, which is currently booming in Connecticut.