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Tennessee House approves wine in grocery stores bill

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NASHVILLE (WJHL/AP) - The Tennessee House passed a measure Thursday morning that allows wine to be sold in Tennessee supermarkets.

The bill, sponsored by Bristol Representative Jon Lundberg (R), allows cities and counties to locally vote on if wine could be sold outside of liquor stores.

The chamber voted 71-15 on Thursday to approve the years-long effort to allow cities and counties that currently allow package stores or liquor-by-the-drink sales to hold referendums on whether to allow wine to be sold outside of liquor stores.

Republican Gov. Bill Haslam was not a supporter of allowing wine sales in supermarkets or convenience stores when he was running for office in 2010.

But Haslam has said he will defer to the Legislature on the issue.

The bill also allows for the local vote to take place as early as this fall, but would not allow supermarket wine sales until July 2016 in order to give liquor stores a chance to prepare for the change.

Copyright 2014 WJHL. All rights reserved. The Associated Press contributed to this report. 

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