The legislation aimed at allowing wine sales in Tennessee grocery stores was halted in its tracks on Tuesday.
The House Local Government Committee voted 8-7 to stop the proposal, which would have allowed municipalities to take the issue to the voters.
House Bill 610, often referred to as the "wine in grocery stores legislation," is the latest attempt to let grocery and convenient stores sell wine.
The proposal was supported by grocery store chains, but heavily opposed by the state's package store owners and the liquor wholesalers association.
Representative Jon Lundberg (R-Bristol) sponsored the bill.
"We have a state mandated monopoly for liquor stores," said Lundberg. "And, candidly, our liquor laws are really pretty bizarre."
Chip Christianson, a Nashville liquor retailer and board member of the Tennessee Wine and Spirits Retailers Association, praised the decision.
"It's a very competitive business," Christianson said. "But it's a highly regulated business. And the reason is because we sell high proof alcohol."
Tuesday's vote killed HB 610. Below is a list of how each lawmaker voted.
Yes Joe Carr, R-Lascassas Vince Dean, R-East Ridge Jeremy Durham, R-Franklin Jeremy Faison, R-Cosby Bo Mitchell, D-Nashville Antonio Parkinson, D-Memphis Mike Stewart, D-Nashville
No Dale Carr, R-Sevierville Jimmy Eldridge, R-Jackson Richard Floyd, R-Chattanooga Steve Hall, R-Knoxville Matthew Hill, R-Jonesborough Andy Holt, R-Dresden Larry Miller, D-Memphis Mike Sparks, R-Smyrna
Absent Sherry Jones, D-Nashville
Supporters of the legislation say they will try again next year.
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