MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- The state Assembly has approved a bill that authorizes longer hours for retail liquor sales.

Current state law allows retailers to sell beer from 8 a.m. until midnight and other liquor from 8 a.m. until 9 p.m. The Republican-authored proposal would allow sales of beer and other liquor to begin as early as 6 a.m.

Beer sales would still stop at midnight and the sale of other types of liquor would still end at 9 p.m. The bill would preserve municipalities' ability to set shorter hours.

The measure passed on a voice vote. It goes next to the state Senate.