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Here we go again.

Staff Report • Feb 8, 2013 at 9:06 AM

State Rep. Jon Lundberg, R- Bristol, is taking yet another legislative stab at ending the liquor industry’s monopoly on wine sales in Tennessee.

Lundberg has seen his previous attempts snuffed out by the state’s powerful liquor lobby.

This time, he hopes grass roots support for allowing wine to be sold in grocery stores will help him to finally usher the bill to passage.

Earlier this month, Lundberg introduced a bill to allow local governments to call for referendums on whether wine can be sold in supermarkets and convenience stores.

To be placed on the ballot, the referendum must have 10 percent of the signatures of those who voted in the last gubernatorial election.

Lundberg’s bill also requires the city or town calling for the vote to have already approved a liquor-by-the-drink or liquor store sales referendum.

We would like for you to Sound Off on this issue. Do you think local communities should be able to decide whether wine can be sold in grocery stores?

Send comments to Mailbag, P.O. Box 1717, Johnson City, TN 37605-1717, or mailbag@johnsoncitypress.com. Include your name, phone number and address for verification. We will print responses in the coming weeks.

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