Red, White and Food

If you are for wine being sold in grocery stores, you can help influence our legislators this week. From Red, White and Food comes this information:

Dear Red White and Food Members:

We have a big week of legislative activity coming up.

The Senate State and Local Government Committee will hold a hearing in Legislative Plaza, Room 12, on Monday, Feb. 25, at 3 p.m. CST about the wine in retail food stores bill (SB 0837, HB 0610). This will be followed by the committee’s vote the next morning at 10:30 a.m. in the same room.

The House State and Local Government Committee will also hold a hearing in Legislative Plaza, Room 30, on Tuesday, Feb. 26, at noon.

This is the time to contact your legislators and let them know that you support the referendum bill that would allow local communities to decide where wine can be sold.

Your legislators want to know how their constituents feel about the sale of wine in retail food stores and that they support the local referendum bill. We know many of you have reached out to your legislators before, but it’s time to contact them again before they vote on this issue.

To find your personal legislators and their contact information, go to

. Below are a few talking points for your phone call or to help you draft an email.

It’s so important to legislators that they hear from individuals in their districts, so please make sure to mention that you are a constituent!

• [Sen. XXX/Rep. XXX], my name is ___________, and I am one of your constituents. I live in [COMMUNITY].
• I just wanted to let you know I am for wine sales in retail food stores, because [list a few reasons such as convenience or support of competition in business].
• Since this bill would allow communities like mine the opportunity to hold local referendums on the issue, I wanted to let you know that I value – and am asking you for – my right to decide.
• If the bill reaches you, please vote to give me, your other constituents and all eligible Tennesseans the opportunity to vote on this issue for our community.

P.S. If you would like to attend any or all of these legislative meetings – and we hope you will, email us at and we’ll send you directions.

The Red White and Food Team

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