Contact other legislators
Two committees - one in the Senate and one in the House - are critical to the success of the legislation. These are the committees in which decide whether to refer a bill about any changes to the alcohol laws on to a vote or to bury it in a study committee. We encourage you to contact members of the committees and voice your support.The list below will change after January 2013 when the new committee members are announced.
Suggested e-mail or letter
Here are some suggested elements to include:
We recommend that you write personal letters and e-mails to legislators. Form letters do not have the impact of personal communications. Make sure that any communications include your first name, last name, and address.
- Consumers should be allowed to purchase wine from the interstate market, pay the appropriate Tennessee state taxes and have the wine shipped to their home in Tennessee by common carriers such as UPS, Federal Express, DHL or even the U.S. Postal Service.
- Retail food stores should have the choice of selling wine if their customers want it and apply the same Responsible Vendor Law standards to wine sales that they do to beer sales.
- Wine Retailers in Tennessee should be able to sell food and other products in their stores, have in-store wine tastings, own more than one store and be able to order wine for consumers directly from out-of-state licensed retailers, and wholesalers.
- In order for our state to support Tennessee Farm Wineries, the wineries should be allowed to sell directly to local restaurants and retail stores in their area. They should be allowed to charge for wine tastings at their winery and part of the excise taxes they pay on their wine production should be used to support a state farm wine advisory board that helps the wineries to promote and market their products.
If you don't feel comfortable writing a personal letter, you can use the following content to help you get started.
The Hon. (Legislator name),
I am writing asking you to support a bill that helps consumers have access to the interstate wine market and to support more competitive prices for wine purchased in the state of Tennessee.
Your Name and Address