The full Senate is scheduled to vote next week on a proposal to allow wine to be sold in Tennessee supermarkets, while a House committee that killed last year's version is set to consider reviving the measure.
Republican Senate Speaker Ron Ramsey of Blountville says the upper chamber has scheduled a January 30th vote on the bill seeking to authorize cities to hold referendums on whether to allow wine to be sold outside of liquor stores.
Ramsey was asked if big box stores should be able to sell wine.
"In Bristol we have a new development at exit 74 and I think a Costco and others are deciding, 'Do we go there or cross the line into Virginia,'" said Lt. Governor Ron Ramsey. "The new development that we're grading at Interstate 26 and 81. So I have no problem with that. This is a free enterprise."
Sponsors say the measure is scheduled to be heard in the House Local Government Committee on Tuesday.