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Michigan lawmakers approve bill to let diners take home unfinished wine

Doggy bag: doggy bottle. Restaurant customers in Michigan will soon be able to take home an unfinished bottle of wine.

Supporters of the legislation say it will encourage people to buy more expensive, higher-quality wine, which would be a boon for the restaurant industry. Other backers believe it could cut down on drunk driving because diners would not be as likely to drink a whole bottle if they can save some for later.

The bill, which is expected to be signed into law by Governor Jennifer Granholm, would allow just one bottle to be taken home. And restaurants would be required to recork the bottle so that the top of the cork is even with the lip of the bottle.