Critical wine in grocery store vote Tuesday

NASHVILLE, Tenn. - A key vote in the fight over grocery store wine sales comes Tuesday in the Tennessee House of Representatives.

Lawmakers are expected to vote on whether to allow voters to decide if wine will be sold in grocery stores in the volunteer state.

The bill cleared the state senate on January 30; Tuesday, the house will up the measure.

The proposal could allow voters to decide as early as November whether to approve the sales, but supermarkets couldn't start stocking wine until July 2016 at the earliest.

Under the current law, grocery stores in Tennessee can't sell anything stronger than beer with an alcohol content up to 6.5 percent by volume.

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