published Thursday, January 31st, 2013

Haslam would sign supermarket wine bill if passed

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    Rep. Jon Lundberg of Bristol, right, and fellow Republican Sen. Bill Ketron of Murfreesboro speak Thursday about their bill to allow local referendums on whether to allow supermarket wine sales, during a press conference in Nashville. The measure would cap wine sold at grocery stores at 18 percent alcohol and would not include the sale of beer stronger than 5 percent.
    Photo by Associated Press /Chattanooga Times Free Press.

NASHVILLE — Gov. Bill Haslam says he will sign a proposal to allow wine to be sold in supermarkets into law if it is passed by lawmakers this year.

The Republican governor told reporters Thursday that he’s neutral on the measure, but that he won’t stand in the way of it becoming law.

State Sen. Bill Ketron of Murfreesboro and fellow Republican Rep. Jon Lundberg of Bristol announced earlier in the day that their bill would put the decision before the voters in cities and counties that currently allow liquor sales.

But the bill is meeting stiff resistance from liquor store owners and wholesalers who want to keep the current system that restricts sales of any alcohol stronger than 5 percent to liquor stores.

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