Legislation

NAWR tracks numerous bills across the states every year. On this page we list those bills to which we are paying particularly close attention. Click on the title of the bill to go to the bill page.

 

HB 2291 — TEXAS
A bill reforming the laws concerning the direct shipment of wine

Background: If passed, HB 2291 would allow the direct shipment of wine, beer and spirits from out-of-state wine retailers to Texas residents with no limits on the amount of wine, beer and spirits that may be shipped annually.

Position: Support


A5991 — NEW YORK
A bill allowing out-of-state wine retailers to ship to New York residents.

Background: Under A5991 wine retailers in states that allow New York wine retailers to ship to into the state would be authorized to ship wine to New York residents.

Position: Support


HB 1463 — ARKANSAS
A Bill to To Permit The Direct Shipment Of Wines From Small Farm Wineries To Arkansas Residents Without A Winery Visit; To Create A System For Distributing Shipping Permits

Background: While providing a means for the direct shipment of wine to Arkansas residents from wineries, the bill ignores retailers, providing no means for out-of-state retailers to sell and ship wine to consumers in that state

Position: Oppose


LD 339 — MAINE
A bill to reduce restrictions on direct wine shipments

Background: While providing the means by which out-of-state wineries may ship bottles smaller than 750ml. to consumers, it does not address the current prohibition on shipments from out-of-state retailers.

Position: Oppose


HF-791 MINNESOTA
On the regulation of direct wine shipments by wineries

Background: Amends the conditions under which out-of-state wineries may ship wine direct to consumers, but does not provide for legal direct shipment of wine from out-of-state retailers to consumers

Position: Oppose



H-5350 RHODE ISLAND

Creates a wine direct shipper license and a wine gift basket license allowing for the shipment of certain amounts of wine both in and out-of-state.

Background: As currently written the bill would create a license for both out-of-state wineries and retailers to ship wine direct to consumers in Rhode Island. In addition, it would create a license for the shipment of gift baskets that include up to 4 bottles of wine.

Position: Support



HB987 MARYLAND

A vaguely written bill that reinforces the direct wine shipping statute barring out-of-state retailers and wine clubs from shipping into the state

Background: Instigated by state wine wholesalers and retailers, the bill is an attempt to re-assert the original Maryland shipping statute’s ban on Maryland consumers receiving wine from out-of-state retailers. This continues Maryland’s anti-consumer and anti-free trade position on wine shipping.

Position: Oppose


HB 298 — KENTUCKY
Authorizes direct shipment of wine from out-of-state wineries and retailers.

Background: The bill would allow both out-of-state wineries and out-of-state retailers and wine stores to obtain direct wine shipping permits allowing them to ship up to 24 cases of wine annually to individual consumers. Though likely to be amended, as currently written is is an excellent example of a well-crafted, consumer friendly, free-trade embracing wine shipping bill.

Position: Support