Senate Approves Wine-in-Grocery Stores Bill

The Senate voted 23-8 today to approve a bill to allow grocery stores, big-box retailers and convenience stores to sell wine, the Tennessean reports. After seven years of debate, senators agreed to legislation that would let voters in 49 counties decide as soon as this November to determine whether to allow wine on their grocery store aisles. The Senate vote does not send the legislation to Gov. Bill Haslam’s desk, however. The House still must approve a companion measure, and there are subtle differences between the two plans.