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Supporters, foes of wine bill surprised by committee vote

March 14th, 2013 6:56 pm by MADISON MATHEWS

While reactions were split on both sides of the issue regarding wine in grocery stores, supporters and opponents of the bill were surprised when the legislation failed Tuesday in the state House of Representatives in Nashville.

The House Local Government Committee voted 8-7 to reject advancing a bill that would have allowed cities and counties to hold referendums on whether to allow wine to be sold in supermarkets and convenience stores.

“I think the best word to describe it is disappointing. We had an opportunity to let Tennesseans vote whether they wanted wine in supermarkets. The committee didn’t grant them that privilege, and I think that’s unfortunate and a little confusing and disheartening,” said Food City President and CEO Steve Smith.

Read the full story on the Johnson City Press website.

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