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Tennessee Governor expected to sign Sunday sales legislation

Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam is expected to sign the new measure which would allow Tennesseans to buy bottles of wine and liquor on Sundays, currently not allowed in the state. The state Senate gave final approval last Wednesday to the legislation, narrowly passing in the chamber by a vote of 17-11, the bare minimum number of votes needed for approval. The bill passed the measure earlier in the week by a much larger margin.

The new bill will legalize sales of bottled wine on Sundays and most major holidays in grocery stores beginning on January 1st 2019. For package stores the change would take effect immediately upon signing. The idea for this provision was to give small business owners a head start on the larger grocery chains. Sunday and holiday sales hours would match the current sales hours for beer of 10AM to 11PM.

Source: Chattanooga Times Free Press, April 2018