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Bill to allow small distilleries passes first reading

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The House passed the first reading of a bill that will allow small-scale distillers, by 178 votes to 137, on Wednesday night. The bill to amend the Excise Tax Act to permit the market entry of small-scale distillers was proposed by a group of Move Forward Party MPs led by Thaopipob Limjirakorn (Bangkok). Before the vote, Prime Minister’s Office Minister Anucha Nakasai said the government and the Excise Department disagreed with the amending bill because existing ministerial regulations could be changed to allow small distillers to operate, and the government could then continue to control the …

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