Legislature OKs underage alcohol tasting bill

OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — The Washington state Legislature has passed a measure to allow 18-year-olds to taste — and spit out — alcohol in certain classroom settings.

Passed Tuesday by the House, the measure heads next to the desk of Gov. Jay Inslee.

The bill would allow community and technical colleges to offer alcohol to students as part of a culinary or alcohol-technology degree program.

Senate Bill 5774 passed out of the House by a vote of 89-4 after advancing from the Senate last month. A similar measure passed out of the House last month and has advanced to the Senate Rules Committee.