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The Democratic Black and Latino caucus in the House of Representatives was able to temporarily filibuster a bill that would prohibit having an open liquor, beer, or wine bottle in a motor vehicle while on a state highway.

The more than four hour debate, which mostly focused on racial disparity in enforcement of the proposed bill, came to a halt shortly after the Black and Latino caucus found some common ground with white lawmakers over the issue of tailgating at sporting events.

White lawmakers wanted to know whether the proposed open container law could be enforced at a University of Connecticut home football game, while Black and Latino lawmakers wanted a racial, ethnic, and gender impact study on implementation of the bill.

The bill was finally passed temporarily, while lawmakers tried to work out a compromise and give the bill final passage.