Nonprofit group launching wine in food stores petition effort in

Nonprofit group launching wine in food stores petition effort in Tennessee

KNOXVILLE (WATE) - A nonprofit group supporting the sale of wine in Tennessee food stores is launching a petition campaign next week throughout the state.

Board members of the group known as "Red White and Food" represent a variety of retail food stores.

The wine in grocery stores bill was passed by both the Tennessee House and Senate and signed by Governor Bill Haslam.

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Under the bill, eligible communities which already allow liquor by the drink, liquor stores or both, must submit petitions to the local election commission with valid signatures from registered voters that equals 10 percent of the residents who voted in the last gubernatorial election.

If the petition is deemed valid by local election commissions, a referendum could then appear on the November 4 election ballot. In communities where the referendum passes, retail food stores will be able to sell wine beginning July 1, 2016.

The following stores plan to have petitions available for customers to sign throughout the summer: Cash Saver, Food City, Food Lion, H.G. Hill, Kroger, Publix and Superlo Foods. A schedule of signature collection opportunities will be posted to Red White and Food’s website and Facebook and Twitter accounts.
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