Tennessee House panel to take up wine in supermarkets bill

Tennessee House panel to take up wine in supermarkets bill

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By ERIK SCHELZIG
Associated Press

NASHVILLE (AP) - A House committee that last year killed a proposal to allow wine to be sold in Tennessee supermarkets is scheduled to take the measure up again next week.

Last year's measure failed when the House Local Government Committee's chairman, Rep. Matthew Hill of Jonesborough, cast a deciding vote against the measure supported by fellow Republican House Speaker Beth Harwell of Nashville.

Hill said at the time that he was upset that sponsors didn't want to debate a series of proposed amendments, and by last fall said he would consider taking the parliamentary steps to revive the measure.

The bill would allow cities to hold referendums on whether to allow wine to be sold in supermarkets. Under current law, grocery stores are banned from selling anything stronger than beer.

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