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Bredesen signs wine direct shipment bill

June 9th, 2009 12:00 am by Associated Press

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - Tennessee consumers can have wine
shipped directly to their homes under a new law signed by Gov. Phil Bredesen.

The law allows wineries that acquire a $300 license to ship up
to three cases to Tennessee consumers per year. Tennessee was
previously among 15 states that banned direct shipment of wine.

The bill was sponsored by Republican Sen. Paul Stanley of
Germantown and Democratic Rep. David Shepard of Dickson.

Bredesen previously signed into a law another measure to allow
Tennesseans to buy up to five cases of wine at licensed
out-of-state wineries and bring them back home with them.

That law was designed to overcome a recent federal appeals court
opinion that found existing rules designed to promote Tennessee
wineries were unfair to competitors from outside the state

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