Wine bill to get 2nd chance in Tennessee Senate committee

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - Legislation to allow wine to be sold in Tennessee supermarkets and convenience stores isn't quite dead yet.
   
A tie vote in the Senate Finance Committee on Tuesday morning initially indicated that bill had failed for the year. But a spokesman confirmed later in the day that Democratic Sen. Douglas Henry of Nashville, who abstained on that vote now wants to vote in favor of the measure after receiving assurances that it would no longer include a provision allowing Sunday liquor sales.
   
Republican Senate Speaker Ron Ramsey has said he wants to the measure to clear all of his chamber's committees this year. But he has said he would keep it from receiving a full floor vote unless the House version that failed in committee is revived this year or next.

Earlier story:

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - Legislation to allow wine to be sold in Tennessee supermarkets and convenience stores has hit another road block.
   
Members of the Senate Finance Committee voted 5-5 on Tuesday to keep the measure from advancing. The vote came after House leaders said they didn't want to reconsider the companion bill that earlier failed by a single vote.
   
Republican Senate sponsor Bill Ketron of Murfreesboro has said he wants to get the bill out of the committee in case the situation changes in the House.
   
Both Republican and Democratic Senate members of the Republican-sponsored bill said they didn't see a need for it to advance if the House doesn't plan to bring it up again.
   
Ketron told reporters after the hearing that he's not giving up on the bill and is checking to see if the committee can reconsider its action.

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