Maine governor's plan to end sale of 'nips' begins
AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — Maine's Republican governor is following through on his promise to push for ending the sale of 50-mililiter alcohol bottles.
Lawmakers this month voted to override Gov. Paul LePage's veto of the bill to add a bottle deposit to miniature alcohol bottles.
The state Liquor and Lottery Commission has issued a public notice that on July 11 it will consider the LePage administration's plan to de-list the bottles from sale in Maine.
Democratic Rep. Anne-Marie Mastraccio's amended bill would create a 5 cent deposit on the nip-sized bottles beginning in 2019 to curtail littering.
The governor said the bill's proponents should consider increasing penalties for discarding the bottles, known as 'nips.'
LePage said the tiny bottles often end up on the side of the road from drivers and passengers.