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Tenn. governor expected to sign supermarket wine bill

Although if he approves it, retailers would still not be able to sell wine until July 2016 due to a transition period given to liqour stores to adjust to the shifted Tenn. laws. Although if he approves it, retailers would still not be able to sell wine until July 2016 due to a transition period given to liqour stores to adjust to the shifted Tenn. laws.

(WMC-TV) - Thirty-six states allow its residents to conveniently purchase wine in grocery stores but not Tennessee—yet.

The Tennessee Senate approved a measure 22-5 Monday authorizing wine sales outside of Tenn. liquor stores. The bill with approved changes from its House counterpart, such as licensing fees, now heads to the governor for consideration.

After a seven-year debate between lawmakers, the bill's progress lifted many wine connoisseurs' spirits; they hope for support from Governor Bill Haslam, who said during a debate on the bill last year that he would sign the legislation.

Although if he approves it, retailers would still not be able to sell wine until July 2016 due to a transition period given to liquor stores to adjust to the shifted Tenn. laws.

But before that move, voters in 49 counties would decide—as early as this fall—if wine should hit food retailers' shelves.

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