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House sends Indiana winery bill to Senate

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Indiana wineries could sell their products directly to retailors instead of through a third party source if a bill approved by the House becomes law.

The bill passed the House 94-1 and now heads to the Senate for consideration.

HB 1387 – authored by Rep. Mark Messmer, R-Jasper – would allow wineries to sell 5,000 gallons per year to retailers located within the same county as the winery or in neighboring counties.

Originally, the bill would have gone further, allowing wineries to sell to stores or restaurants all over the state without using a third-party distributor. But the Rep. Tom Dermody, R-LaPorte, said restricting sales to a smaller area is a compromise among the wineries and wholesalers.

Currently, there are 76 farm wineries in Indiana that could be affected by the legislation.
 

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  • Agreed
    Completely agree with the other two comments. Republicans only believe in the "free market" when it benefits them and their cronies financially.
  • Agree with HoosierLib
    The fact that this is even a discussion is proof that crony capitalism and bought politicians run rampart in Indiana.
  • What the expletive!
    "A compromise"...this once again proves that Republicans are the puppets of established businesses. God forbid, that a small business wants to avoid being forced into doing business with an ologipoly. Poor little Monarch Beverage might lose out...what a crock!

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