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TN House GOP leader opposes reviving wine bill

2:59 PM, Mar 30, 2013   |    comments
House Majority Leader Gerald McCormick
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House Majority Leader Gerald McCormick says he favors a bill to allow wine to be sold in Tennessee supermarkets and convenience stores, but he opposes efforts to hold a revote in a committee where it narrowly failed.

The Chattanooga Republican told reporters on Thursday that reconsidering the vote in the House Local Government Committee would set a bad precedent.

McCormick and House Speaker Beth Harwell said they would prefer starting afresh next legislative session in hopes of changing laws that restrict the sale of anything stronger than beer to liquor stores.

The Senate is moving ahead with its bill, though leaders have said it won't come to a full floor vote.

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