Supermarket wine bill fails by 1 vote in Tennessee House


Associated Press

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - A proposal to loosen wine sale laws in Tennessee has failed by a single vote in a House committee after members of the panel refused to grant the sponsor a week's delay to negotiate a final version.
The House Local Government Committee voted 8-7 Tuesday to reject advancing the measure, which would allow local referendums on whether grocery stores should be able to sell wine.
Republican Rep. Jon Lundberg of Bristol, the bill's sponsor, had asked for a week to discuss changes to the bill a day after the beer wholesalers association, a traditional opponent of the proposal, swung its support behind the bill as long as it included strong beer.
The bill has been opposed by the state's package store owners and the liquor wholesalers association.

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