Wine in grocery store bill passes state senate

A bill to allow voters to decide if local governments will allow wine sales in grocery stores is moving in Nashville Thursday.

The bill cleared the state senate less than an hour ago. The measure was approved on a 23-8 vote after the companion bill was revived in the house this week.

The proposal would allow cities and counties to vote on grocery store wine sales as early as November, but would not allow supermarkets to stock wine until at least July of 2016.

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

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