Updated February 21, 2020
Dear Wine Lovers of Mississippi,
Last week we wrote that two direct shipping bills would be considered this legislative session.
Here’s the update: The House Ways & Means Committee is considering a favorable winery-to-consumer direct shipping bill, House Bill 988. But we need wine lovers to contact members of the Subcommittee on Temperance and encourage them to successfully vote the bill out of their committee.
And the deadline is coming up fast. If the bill does not move out of the subcommittee and then out of the Ways & Means Committee by March 3, Mississippi will continue its archaic ban on winery-to-consumer direct shipping for another year.
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We believe that you should have the freedom to determine which wines you can enjoy and how you purchase them. Model winery direct shipping legislation is working successfully in nearly every state. But Mississippi is one of only 5 states with an archaic ban on winery-to-consumer direct shipments.
These laws provide additional state tax revenues, satisfy consumer demand, and meet regulatory requirements in a dynamic marketplace.
Together with you, we hope to support the right bill to replace Mississippi’s outdated ban on wine direct shipments, and to expand consumer choice for you.
Free the Grapes!