Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Wine Legislation Passes First Hurdle


Dear Red White and Food Members:

Today the Senate State and Local Government Committee voted to pass legislation that would allow local referendums on the sale of wine in Tennessee’s retail food stores.

Read a statement from Jarron Springer, Tennessee Grocers & Convenience Store Association president, about the outcome of today’s vote:

“This is a great day for Tennessee consumers. The Senate State and Local Government Committee has passed the wine in retail food stores bill, which is the first step in giving Tennesseans the right to vote on where they buy wine in their communities.

“Lt. Governor Ron Ramsey showed great leadership today to move this bill forward and continue the conversation of giving consumers the right to vote on this issue.

“As Sen. Bill Ketron, the sponsor of the legislation, stated before the vote today, we are open to working with retail package stores to draw up a bill that is amenable to all parties.

“Communities already approve liquor-by-the-drink and retail package stores by referendum, so having the same process for wine in retail food stores just makes sense. The fact that the Senate committee – the first group of legislators to vote on the bill this year – sees the value of placing local control in the hands of the voters makes us optimistic for the path of this legislation.

“We feel strongly that, if individuals are given the opportunity to vote on this issue, we will see wine on the shelves of Tennessee’s retail food stores.”

We are thankful for the majority support from the senators who voted to give constituents, and other Tennesseans, the right to decide where they buy wine in their communities.

Below is the list of legislators in the Senate committee and how they voted on the legislation. Please take a minute to call or email the legislators in the Senate committee who voted “yes,” as well as Lt. Gov. Ron Ramsey, and thank them for looking out for Tennessee consumers.

• Lt. Gov. Ron Ramsey, (615) 741-4524, lt.gov.ron.ramsey@capitol.tn.gov
• Voted “yes”:
     o Sen. Janice Bowling, (615) 741-6694, sen.janice.bowling@capitol.tn.gov
     o Sen. Mark Green, (615) 741-2374, sen.mark.green@capitol.tn.gov
     o Sen. Jack Johnson, (615) 741-2495, sen.jack.johnson@capitol.tn.gov
     o Sen. Bill Ketron, (615) 741-6853, sen.bill.ketron@capitol.tn.gov
             *Sen. Ketron is the bill’s sponsor in the Senate.
     o Sen. Reginald Tate, (615) 741-2509, sen.reginald.tate@capitol.tn.gov
• Voted “no”:
     o Sen. Thelma Harper
     o Sen. Mark Norris
     o Sen. John Stevens
     o Sen. Ken Yager

We look forward to the upcoming challenges of the House Local Government Subcommittee vote. We will provide additional details about that meeting when they become available.

Thank you for your support.

The Red White and Food Team

My comment: YES! Cheers!

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