Wine bill to get 2nd chance in Senate committee

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.


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