Mississippi

Mississippi Considers New Wine Shipping Bills

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Mississippi is currently in the vast minority of states that does not allow outside wine shipments to in-state residents. According to WLOX, the state legislature is at least considering changing that:

Two bills are under consideration in state legislative committees that would allow direct sales and shipment of wine to Mississippi residents.

Members of both the House and Senate have authored bills, and local liquor stores are lobbying against them.

Similar measures failed last year…

Mississippi is among a handful of states that doesn’t allow wine to be shipped. All wine and liquor goes through the Revenue Department’s Alcoholic Beverage Control (ABC) Division.

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Mississippi Legislature Kills Bill Allowing Direct Wine Shipments

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A state legislator in Mississippi recently introduced a bill that would have legalized direct wine shipments from wineries and retailers to Mississippians. Apparently, the bill has already died, according to The Northside Sun:

"House Bill 98, which would allow direct sales and shipments of wine to state residents, died in committee on January 30.

But, author of the bill, District 111 Rep. Charles Busby, says he’s fighting to bring the bill back for the 2019 legislative session. The idea came to Busby after he and his wife travelled out of town. They found a wine they loved and couldn’t ship it to their home in Gulfport...

Busby said he believes HB 98 didn’t pass because of a liquor store lobby, which is against wine and liquor sales bypassing local shops..."

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Mississippi Legislature Considers Bevy of Changes to Alcohol Laws

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Mississippi is known for having some of the strictest alcohol laws in the United States, but the state legislature is again considering changes to loosen up the Magnolia State's treatment of booze. According to the Clarion Ledger, the state House passed several bills that will now make their way to the Senate:

John Barleycorn didn't die with a deadline for action this week, and the House on Wednesday passed several bills that would relax Mississippi's strict — some say arcane — alcohol laws.

The Mississippi Legislature for years now has been slowly repealing and tweaking its alcohol laws — to allow craft brewers and distillers to operate and residents to buy their goods, allowing voters to more easily turn their hometowns from dry to wet, allowing people to walk around with "go cups" in some areas and other measures. The push appears to continue this session ... Measures the House passed on to the Senate on Wednesday include...

  • House Bill 192: Would allow people to drive through dry areas in Mississippi carrying unopened alcohol and not face possession of alcohol in a dry county charges as they would now. This exemption would apply only to unopened alcohol containers, and only on state or federal roadways. The bill passed the House 91-19.

  •  House Bill 995: Would allow people who visit Mississippi distilleries to buy their products there..."

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Mississippi Legislator Introduces Bill to Allow Direct Wine Shipments

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Amidst the ongoing debates surrounding direct-to-consumer wine shipments, a state legislator in Mississippi has introduced a new bill that would allow direct wine shipments from wineries and retailers to Magnolia State consumers:

"Charles Busby, R-Pascagoula, introduced a bill that would allow direct shipment of wine to Mississippi homes. It is similar to the bills he introduced the last two years when neither got out of committee. In 2015, Sen. Michael Watson, R-Pascagoula, introduced a broader bill that would have allowed direct shipment of wines that also would have allowed wine-only package stores and wine tastings. It met a fate similar to Busby’s bills.

Busby’s bill has several safeguards to try to prevent underage people from getting their hands on the alcohol, which has been a concern of opponents. It would require the boxes the wine to be “conspicuously labeled with the words ‘Contains alcohol: Signature of person age 21 years or older required for delivery.”

Fourteen states, including neighboring Louisiana, and the District of Columbia allow direct shipments of wine from retailers. Forty-five states allow direct shipments from wineries. Busby’s bill would allow shipments from both provided the shipper obtained a permit from the Department of Revenue..."

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