AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — The Louisiana-based producer of the zippy Fireball cinnamon whiskey is fighting against the Republican governor’s proposed ban on in-state sales of tiny alcohol bottles.

The future of the popular, shot-sized “nips” in Maine is in the hands of a state liquor bureau set to vote Tuesday.

The commission expects to finalize the decision in August.

The alcohol company Sazerac calls the proposed ban politically motivated, anti-business and unsupported by direct evidence.

The fight began when Gov. Paul LePage opposed a Democrat’s bill to reduce littering by adding a bottle deposit to the tiny liquor bottles.

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LePage first said the bill would increase the state’s redemption costs and then said it didn’t do enough to combat drunken driving.

Sazerac says it could reconsider a planned expansion of its Lewiston plant.

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