NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The state House is scheduled to vote Thursday on a bill to allow wine to be sold in Tennessee supermarkets.
The bill is sponsored by Republican Rep. Jon Lundberg of Bristol. It would allow cities and counties that currently allow package stores or liquor-by-the-drink sales to hold referendums on whether to allow wine to be sold outside of liquor stores.
Lundberg said he will seek approval for changes to minimum-store-size requirements and fees to bring the measure into line with the Senate version that passed 23-8 last month.
The bill would allow for local votes to take place as early as this fall, but would not allow supermarket wine sales until July 2016. Lundberg says that delay is necessary to give liquor stores a chance to prepare for the change.
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