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COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) - Senators are advancing a measure banning powdered alcohol in South Carolina.

The Senate Judiciary Committee sent the bill to the floor on Tuesday. The committee also tacked the proposal to two other bills it advanced that deal with alcohol sales.

Judiciary Chairman Larry Martin of Pickens says he's going to hitch the idea to anything he can in an attempt to get it passed before the legislative session ends June 5.

Selling alcohol in powder format isn't legal in the United States, but one company is seeking permission through federal regulators.

Martin introduced the measure earlier this month after learning about the potential product. He says powdered alcohol could be a huge concern as it would circumvent South Carolina laws that define alcohol as a liquid.

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