Failed supermarket wine bill could be revived in Tennessee House

Failed supermarket wine bill could be revived in Tennessee House

Will Tennesseans soon be able to buy wine in grocery stores? The deciding voter may have changed from a "no" to a "yes." Will Tennesseans soon be able to buy wine in grocery stores? The deciding voter may have changed from a "no" to a "yes."

By ERIK SCHELZIG
Associated Press

NASHVILLE (AP) - The House chairman who cast a deciding vote against a bill seeking to allow supermarket wine sales in Tennessee says he's willing to reconsider the measure next session.

State Rep. Matthew Hill, a Jonesborough Republican who leads the House Local Government Committee, told The Associated Press on Thursday that he is willing to take the parliamentary steps needed to reverse the vote as long as proponents commit to a full debate about the bill and proposals to amend the measure.

Hill's comments come a day after fellow Republican Senate Speaker Ron Ramsey described the bill's failure in the House earlier this year a "debacle."

Current law keeps supermarkets and convenience stores from selling beer stronger than 5 percent alcohol by weight, while anything stronger can only be sold in liquor stores.

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