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Wine sales bill clears House subcommittee

Published On: Mar 07 2013 06:40:44 AM CST
Updated On: Mar 07 2013 02:11:55 PM CST
NASHVILLE, Tenn. -

It's one step forward for a Tennessee bill to allow wine sales in grocery and convenience stores.

In a key House subcommittee vote, the bill passed by a five-to-four vote.  House Speaker Beth Harwell cast the deciding vote.

It now goes to a full committee that vote is also expected to be close. A companion bill narrowly cleared a Senate committee last week by one vote.

Angry liquor store owners wanted the bill postponed until July 2014 to allow them to make adjustments to their businesses.