TN Wine In Supermarkets Bill Fails Again

A House subcommittee has rejected a proposal to allow Tennessee supermarkets to sell wine.

The measure sponsored by Republican Rep. Jon Lundberg of Bristol failed Wednesday in the House State and Local Government Subcommittee when the panel voted to delay the measure until 2012.

The companion bill was delayed last month in the Senate State and Local Government Committee for two weeks.

Lundberg tried unsuccessfully to pass an amendment Wednesday that would let voters decide by referendum whether they want wine in their grocery stores.

This is the fourth year lawmakers have tried to pass the bill. Currently, grocery stores can’t sell wine and liquor stores can’t sell beer.

Sponsors say opening up supermarket sales will create millions of dollars in revenue for the state and much needed jobs.