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Tuesday, February 14, 2006

Ind. Law - Will state wineries die on the vine?

"Will state wineries die on the vine? Industry says bill halting in-state shipments could cripple it." That is the headline to this long and comprehensive story today in the Indianapolis Star by Bill Ruthhart. Some quotes:

House Bill 1190 would not only prevent wine from being shipped to Indiana, but it would eliminate state wineries' ability to ship their wine directly to Hoosiers.

After the U.S. Supreme Court ruled last year that states must treat all wineries equally, the Indiana Alcohol and Tobacco Commission decided to eliminate state wineries' right to ship their products to Hoosiers.

Nine state wineries then sued in Marion Circuit Court, receiving an injunction in November that allows them to continue shipping wine in-state until March 1 -- the deadline given for the General Assembly to solve the issue.

That has left Indiana lawmakers with a decision: allow all wine to be shipped to Hoosiers or none.

For now, legislators seem poised to choose the latter.

Four bills were proposed in the General Assembly that would legalize wine shipments to and from Indiana, but all died without receiving a vote. Instead, the bill outlawing wine shipments has passed the House and moved on to the Senate, leaving Indiana's 31 wineries worried their businesses could be in jeopardy.

Posted by Marcia Oddi on February 14, 2006 08:42 AM
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