On the final day of the legislative session, Colorado lawmakers forged what they believe is a grand compromise to modernize the state’s Prohibition-era liquor laws.

“We’re changing 83 years of law in the last hours of the session, hoping for the best,” said House Speaker Pro Tem Dan Pabon, a Denver Democrat.

The legislation — approved by the House and Senate in overwhelming votes Wednesday — would allow a limited expansion of liquor, wine and full-strength beer sales at more grocery and convenience stores.

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