Wednesday, August 21, 2013
Ind. Law - "Indiana lawmakers to take up winery sales issues today"
Megan Banta's Statehouse File story appears here in the Indianapolis Star. The story begins:
Lawmakers will begin Wednesday to discuss the possibility and potential effects of allowing Indiana farm wineries to sell and ship directly to retailers and dealers.Here is the meeting agenda. The meeting will be videocast, but not archived, so tune it at 10 AM if interested.
The wine industry in Indiana is growing, but wineries can’t sell their own wine unless they have a micro wholesaler permit. Winery owners and industry representatives say that needs to change.
The Interim Study Committee on Economic Development is required to study farm winery issues and other topics as a result of legislation passed during the most recent session of the General Assembly. Wednesday’s committee meeting is set to begin at 10 a.m. in Room 431 of the Statehouse.
Sen. Jim Buck, a Republican from Kokomo who chairs the committee, said it’s important for the committee to study the issue because wine is becoming a greater source of “revenue both at the local and state level.”
“Indiana’s becoming a larger and larger contributor to the wine industry,” he said.
But while the industry is growing, wineries can’t self-distribute unless they have a micro wholesaler permit, which representatives of wineries say is often expensive to maintain and can mean splitting up a family business.
Posted by Marcia Oddi on August 21, 2013 09:33 AM
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