BLOUNTVILLE, Tenn. - A Tennessee Senate Committee has approved a bill that would give Tennesseans a chance to buy wine in Tennessee grocery stores and convenience stores.
We caught up with Lieutenant Governor Ron Ramsey about the proposal. He and House Speaker Beth Harwell are supporting the bill.
Ramsey tells us this is about free enterprise, competition and commerce in Tennessee. "I think this is a step forward in Tennessee to keep people from driving into Virginia, to keep them and the sales tax in Tennessee," he says.
Ramsey also says in the future he would like to also help liquor stores sell more items.
Skeptics of the proposal say any change in law should be deferred for several years to give liquor store owners time to adjust to the new competition.