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Update: Tenn. Senate passes supermarket wine bill 23-8

January 30th, 2014 8:21 am by Associated Press

Update: Tenn. Senate passes supermarket wine bill 23-8

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Update: 11:30 a.m.

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The state Senate has passed a bill to allow local governments to hold votes on whether to allow wine sales in supermarkets and convenience stores.

The measure sponsored by Republican Sen. Bill Ketron of Murfreesboro was approved on a 23-8 vote after the companion bill was revived in the House this week.

The proposal would allow cities and counties to vote on grocery store wine sales as early as November, but wouldn't allow supermarkets to stock wine until at least July 2016.

The Senate version would require convenience stores to have at least 1,200 square feet to qualify for a wine sales license, while the House version would set that limit at 2,000 square feet.

Under current law, supermarkets can't sell anything stronger than beer.

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The state Senate is scheduled to vote Thursday 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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