Wine Freedom for New Yorkers
(Assembly Bill 5991 — Companion bill: Senate Bill 5330)
New York law bans its citizens from receiving shipments of wine from out-of-state wine stores, Internet wine retailers, wine clubs and auction houses. If passed, A5991 (and its Senate companion bill S5330) would allow direct shipment of wine to New Yorkers from retailers in states that give New York wine retailers reciprocal wine shipping rights. The bill is a good first step in providing New York consumers with access to thousands of wines they currently cannot obtain in the state.
Status of Bill
A5991 has been assigned to the House Economic Development Committee and is awaiting the Chairman of the Committee to assign a hearing date .
S5330 was voted out of the Senate Commerce, Economic Development, and Small Business Committee on March 13 and assigned to the Senate Finance Committee where it awaits a hearing date.
Consumer Action Needed Now
New York wine lovers need to contact their state representatives now and urge them to support and sign on as a sponsor of this legislation.
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• A5991 and S5330 will give New Yorkers Access to 1000s of wines not currently available in the state
• A5991 and S5330 is a free market solution to the problem of consumer access to wine
• A5991 and S5330 will provide the state with additional tax revenue paid remitted by out-of-state retailers
• A5991 and S5330 require an adult signature for wine deliveries
• A5991 and S5330 does not upset New York’s Three Tier system. New York retailers would still be required to purchase wine from New York wholesalers.