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Another Wine-in-Grocery-Stores Story (more to come, soon)

By Eric Schelzig, Associated Press
NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Tennessee lawmakers are poised to decide this week whether a proposal to allow supermarket wine sales moves ahead or withers on the vine.
The bill to overhaul the current system that prevents shoppers from buying wine alongside groceries faces votes in both House and Senate committees this week, where as little as a single vote could decide the bill’s fate after months of lobbying.
“It could fall either way at this point,” said Republican Sen. Ken Yager of Harriman, chairman of the Senate State and Local Government Committee.
Yager’s committee meets Monday to hear from both sides of the bill, which seeks to allow cities and counties to hold referendums on whether to do away with liquor stores’ exclusive license to sell wine. The nine-member panel is scheduled to vote the following day.
Yager, who opposes of the bill on the basis that the change would hurt existing package stores in his district, said the measure could come down to a 5-4 vote.

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Beer Self-Checkout Ban Checks Out of Subcommittee

A bill to prohibit sale of beer through self-checkout lines at supermarkets was approved by a subcommittee Wednesday over the objections from store lobbyists who said it is unnecessary.
The sponsor of HB3568, Republican Rep. Bill Sanderson of Kenton, said teenagers were using a tactic called “swipe and swap” to buy beer through self-checkouts and, as pointed out by his 15-year-old son, this has been publicized on television shows. Basically, the youngster brings a six-pack of soft drinks and a six-pack of beer to the checkout, swipes the soft drinks, then bags the beer and leaves.
Dan Haskell, lobbyist for the Tennessee Grocers and Convenience Store Association, and Jarron Springer, both said there is no indication of such practices afoot in Tennessee and all checkouts are monitored by employees. The identification of anyone with beer is routinely checked, they said.
Rep. Ryan Haynes, R-Knoxville, asked the two sides to “sit down together and try to work this out” with a compromise before the bill comes up in the full State and Local Government Committee.

New Wine in Supermarkets Bill Stalled at Starting Gate

The latest effort to legalize the sale of wine in Tennessee grocery stores appears stalled at the starting gate, but the sponsor insists that it’s only a matter of time until the effort is successful.
Rep. Jon Lundberg, R-Bristol, on Jan. 26 filed HB2874, which would allow sales of wine in supermarkets or groceries in any jurisdiction where voters approved in a local referendum. But no companion bill was filed in the Senate and the deadline for doing so has passed, meaning the measure cannot become law.
Bills to simply grant a general state authorization for sale of wine in grocery stores in cities that already authorize liquor-by-the-drink sales have failed repeatedly in recent years in the face of strong opposition from owners of stores now licensed to sell liquor and wine.

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