Red White and Food is a coalition of 28,000-plus Tennesseans who want the right to purchase wine at retail food stores. Coalition members have sent more than 5,000 emails to legislators, asking that Tennessee’s antiquated liquor laws be changed. And the campaign has received more than 30 supporting editorials from newspapers across the state.
During the 2013 legislative session, Sen. Bill Ketron and Rep. Jon Lundberg filed legislation calling for local referendums to allow Tennesseans to vote on where they want to buy wine in their communities.
While the bill did not pass this year, we pushed this legislation further in committees, created more discussion among our legislators, gained more public and media support, and made greater overall progress than ever before.
In the Senate, two committees – State and Local Government and Finance, Ways and Means – voted to pass the bill and send it to the full Senate calendar, where the bill will be brought back up in the 2014 session. In the House, it passed the first committee level, the Local Government Subcommittee, providing the foundation for next year.
The Red White and Food Team