An effort to legalize wine sales in supermarkets in Tennessee appears to have failed yet again.
According to the Knoxville News Sentinel, state Rep. Jon Lundberg, R-Bristol, introduced a bill that would have allowed wine to be sold in grocery stores in any jurisdiction where local voters approved the practice. But since no Senate companion bill has been filed, and the deadline for doing so has passed, the bill is effectively stalled.
Lundberg told the News Sentinel he thought the bill was good and would encourage people to buy wine in Tennessee instead of going out of state.
He added his thought that the passage of his bill would be inevitable in the coming years.
David McMahan, a lobbyist for the Tennessee Wine and Spirits Retailers Association, said the bill would allow stores such as Walmart and Costco to “spread misinformation” in order to ensure the measure’s passage.
For more on this story, see the full article in the News Sentinel.