Wine Freedom for Massachusetts
(House Bill 3891)
If H3891 becomes law Bay Staters will finally have access to all the wines in the American wine marketplace. Massachusetts law currently bans residents from receiving wine shipments from out-of-state wine stores and retailers. Inexplicably, it also bans it's own wine stores from shipping wine out-of-state. H3891 would solve both those problems. If passed, Massachusetts residents would finally be allowed to purchase and have shipped to them wine from out-of-state wine stores, Internet retailers, wine auction houses and wine-of-the-month clubs. Additionally, the state would receive significant tax revenue on shipments from these wine vendors.
Status of Bill
H3891 is sponsored by Representative John Lawn, Jr. It has been assigned to the Joint Committee on Consumer Protection and Professional Licensure and is set for a hearing at 2 pm on September 12, 2017.
Consumer Action Needed Now
Massachusetts wine lovers need to contact their members of the Joint Committee on Consumer Protection and Professional Licensure now and urge them to support and sign on as a sponsor of this legislation.
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• H3891 will give Massachusetts consumers access to 1000's of wines not currently available in the state
• Without access to wines from out-of-state retailers as provided in this bill, Massachusetts consumers have access to only a very small percentage of the imported wines available in the United States
• H3891 will provide the state will upwards of $2 million in additional tax revenue remitted by out-of-state retailers
• H3891 allows shipments from out-of-state retailers under identical conditions that out-of-state wineries currently ship wine.
• H3891 will finally give Massachusetts wine stores the ability to compete in the national wine retail market and expand their sales.