Wine in grocery stores bill passes final vote in Tenn. Senate

Wine in grocery stores bill passes final vote in Tenn. Senate

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NASHVILLE (WATE) - The Tennessee State Senate passed the amended version of the State House's version of the wine in grocery stores bill, meaning the bill is now headed to Gov. Bill Haslam's desk.

The Senate accepted the House's three amendments by a vote of 22 to 5.

The bill would allow municipalities to hold referendums on whether stores can sell wine in grocery stores. Stores could then start selling wine as soon as July 2016.

Under the bill, a store must derive 20 percent of its sales from food and be at least 1,200 square feet in size.

In addition, package stores would be allowed to begin selling beer and other items related to special events or parties among other provisions.

The State Senate passed their original version of the bill on January 30.

Gov. Bill Haslam has said he will sign the bill if it comes to his desk.


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