Thursday, January 12, 2012

It is Time for Wine


The 2012 legislative session is set to begin today, Jan. 10, and
Red White and Food wants you to know that we are back and stronger than ever before. The 2012 Tennessee General Assembly will confront many issues this year. While liquor laws are not likely to be a priority, that does not mean that we have to back down from the progress we have made. Red White and Food is 26,000 members strong. Your participation has made an incredible difference in the success of our campaign to bring wine to Tennessee’s retail food stores.

Our plans for new legislation are still being finalized, but one thing is certain: State lawmakers must hear your voice this session. They will have to confront what many media outlets have already picked up on – the significant divide between their own opinions and those of their constituents. Just look at a
2011 poll conducted by Middle Tennessee State University that shows nearly 70 percent of Tennessee voters want to buy wine where they shop for food.

Since last session, both the House and Senate State and Local Government committees have undergone changes in leadership.
Rep. Bob Ramsey, R-Maryville, now chairs the House State and Local Government Committee and Rep. Ryan Haynes, R-Knoxville, chairs the subcommittee, while Sen. Jack Johnson, R-Franklin, has been appointed as vice chairman to the Senate State and Local Government Committee. These committees are extremely important to our efforts, so check out the RWF key legislators page to see if your legislator is among them. Here’s what you can do today to make a difference in this campaign:

We’ll be in touch in the weeks to come about our plans for the legislative session and to share details about our legislation when it is filed. And as always, we’ll be asking you to contact your legislators in support of this effort.

Here’s to a victory for wine and consumers in 2012.


The Red White and Food Team 
 Here’s to a victory for wine and consumers in 2012. I'll drink to that. Rod

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