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“Al­co­hol is al­co­hol,” says the Dis­tilled Spir­its Coun­cil, the na­tional trade as­so­ci­a­tion rep­re­sent­ing Amer­ica’s lead­ing brands of dis­tilled spir­its, re­act­ing to Wis­con­sin Demo­cratic Gov. James E. Doyle’s de­ci­sion to veto a dis­tilled spir­its sam­pling pro­vi­sion.

The Wash­ing­ton-based coun­cil calls the veto a “blow to equal treat­ment in the mar­ket­place,” point­ing out that “beer and wine tast­ings are al­ready per­mit­ted in the state and there is no rea­son to treat spir­its prod­ucts any dif­fer­ently.”

The Wis­con­sin bill had lim­ited con­sumers to three one-half ounce sam­ples of spir­its prod­ucts, to­tal­ing 1.5 ounces — the U.S. Di­etary Guide­lines def­i­ni­tion of a stan­dard drink of dis­tilled spir­its, ac­cord­ing to the coun­cil.

Since 1999, 23 states have passed or ex­panded con­sumer spir­its-tast­ings laws. Fur­ther­more, Moth­ers Against Drunk Driv­ing did not op­pose any of th­ese bills “be­cause the in­dus­try in­sisted on re­spon­si­ble guide­lines.”

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