Will the state Legislature listen to the public this time around and approve wine sales in grocery stores? Liquor lobbyists have been successful in “bottling” up such legislation in years past and keep wine sales limited to liquor stores.
But Lt. Gov. Ron Ramsey and House Speaker Beth Harwell seem inclined to see that the measure gets to a vote this session. The problem with passing the measure is that it may get lost in the shuffle, however, as the session will likely be preoccupied with several controversies.
The expansion of TennCare under the Affordable Care Act, the guns-in-parking-lots bill, the budget, and a major education package are just a few of the touchy issues. Charter schools and vouchers for private schools will be a hot topic.