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Direct shipment wine bill advances

By MARY SELL, Alabama Daily News

MONTGOMERY, Ala. – Rep. Terri Collins, R-Decatur, has tried for several years to allow Alabamians to have wine shipped directly to their homes. Her efforts appear to be gaining support.

House Bill 437 was approved in the Senate Tourism Committee on Thursday after Collins worked with Sens. Bobby Singleton, D-Greensboro, and Jabo Waggoner, R-Vestavia Hills, who had similar bills.

The bill was substituted and will have to go back to the House if it’s approved in the Senate. It allows customers to have limited quantities of wine shipped directly from wineries and other providers to their homes. The Alcoholic Beverage Control Board would establish specific rules under the bill.

“I think the Legislature and the people of Alabama are ready for this service,” Collins told Alabama Daily News last week.  “I’ve worked hard on this issue for years and I believe we are close to getting it done.”

The Legislature has already approved a bill to allow home delivery of beer, wine and spirits from local retailers and brew pubs.

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