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Connecticut lawmakers pass major expansion of Bottle Bill

Connecticut lawmakers have passed legislation that significantly updates the state's "Bottle Bill" for the first time in decades. The bill, approved Thursday in the House of Representatives by a vote of 105 to 42 expands the list of drink containers requiring a deposit, to climb from 5 to 10 cents, to include hard seltzer and hard cider, plant water, juice, juice drinks, tea, coffee, kombucha, plant-infused beverages, sports and energy drinks beginning in 2024. The legislation also requires liquor wholesalers to collect a 5-cent surcharge on 50 milliliter liquor bottles known as "nips" and the money will help municipalities clean up the tiny bottles.

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