Senate adds Sunday sales to supermarket wine bill

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- Tennessee liquor stores would be allowed to be open for business on Sundays under changes to a supermarket wine bill adopted by the Senate Finance Committee.

The panel voted Tuesday to change the measure to allow cities and governments to hold referendums on whether to permit supermarkets and convenience stores to sell wine. The liquor store amendment was approved on a 6-5 vote.

Republican Sen. Bill Ketron of Murfreesboro, the main sponsor of the bill, also supported a change to link supermarket wine sales to the hours they are currently allowed to sell beer.

The panel delayed a final vote on the bill for a week so members could have time to digest the changes. The companion bill has failed in a House committee.

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