published Thursday, January 30th, 2014

TN senate to vote today on supermarket wine bill

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — The state Senate is scheduled to vote this morning on whether to allow local governments to hold referendums on selling wine in supermarkets and convenience stores.

The measure is poised for a floor vote after the companion bill was revived in the House this week.

Under the House version of the proposal, any store deriving at least 20 percent of its sales from groceries could qualify for a license to sell wine.

The Senate is expected to adopt many of the elements of the House bill, though negotiations are still underway about certain parts of the proposal, including which convenience stores could sell wine.

Under current law, supermarkets can't sell anything stronger than beer with an alcohol content of up to 6.5 percent by volume.

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