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Public hearing on proposal to sell stronger wine in MS grocery stores

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JACKSON, MS (Mississippi News Now) -

You can voice your thoughts about proposed legislation that would allow the sale of stronger wine in grocery stores.

If you come across wine in a grocery store in Mississippi you'll notice the alcohol content is pretty low. The alcohol content in wine didn't exceed six percent in a local Kroger.

House Bill 841 would allow stronger wine to be sold on grocery store shelves in Mississippi. 

The public is invited to a public hearing at 3 p.m. Thursday at the Capitol to discuss the issue.

Many who support the legislation say the sale of wine in grocery stores will add convenience for consumers and increase tax revenue for the state.

Opponents believe an open market will diminish revenue at liquor stores. Several shoppers gave their opinion on the House Bill.

"With liquor stores all around the Jackson area its no trouble if you need wine, so I don't see any need for it," says shopper Eric Farmer.

Shopper Stephen Flood has a different opinion. "Alcohol is legal, cigarettes are legal. They sell them here I think, coffee, caffeine legal, it's alcohol, they should do it."

Right now liquor store owners are only allowed to sell wine and spirits.

However, Representative Scott DeLano (R-District 117) says the legislation would also allow liquor stores to sell other items like olives, cheese and snacks. Thursday's public hearing is taking place on the fourth floor of the State Capitol. 

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