Maryland Wine Supporters: We Need Your Help 2/22

A blog posting on Richard Leahy's Wine Report about the February 22, 2010 hearing for the direct wine shipping bill:

Maryland Wine Supporters: We Need Your Help 2/22

February 4th, 2010 by rleahy

Maryland residents who support liberalization of the state laws that prevent wineries shipping direct to adults, take notice! The state legislature in Annapolis is debating possible changes to liberalize the state’s restrictive wine laws, and you can be “Wine/Tea Party” Activists in bringing positive change to state government.

The following is information from Adam Borden, Executive Director, Marylanders for Better Beer & Wine Laws:

2/22 Hearing & Bill #s
We finally have a hearing date set in Annapolis: Monday, February 22nd.  We need as many people as possible to attend in order that our esteemed elected officials hear from their constituents.  Please either sign up via our Meet Up page or send me an email.  It is customary for all the PROPONENTS to testify first with the OPPONENTS testifying last, which means we need to address all of their concerns before we even hear them.  We anticipate that the Senate hearing will follow about one week later, and we will let you know when it will happen as soon as we know.

The bill numbers are as follows:
Senate Bill 566
House Bill 716 (will go live tomorrow)

If there was ever a time to think about donating to our cause, NOW IS IT – the pedal is to the metal!  We need to target particular districts and need your help to do so.  Please help fund mailings so that more voters in specific jurisdictions will contact their very influential delegates:

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The reality of politics is that wine shipping may not pass this year (AGAIN!) because we won’t have enough committee votes to get it out of committee.  In theory, representative democracy would correlate with the will of the majority, which we clearly have in both chambers; however, the logic of politics does not always follow that of the rest of the world.  Help connect the two!

Volunteers for Emails & Calling
In addition to mailing, we need some help calling and emailing constituents in certain districts.  If you are able to spend a few minutes getting the word out, please let me know.

Signing Online Petition
Have you had the chance to sign our online petition and craft your own message for your delegates and senators?  Have you forwarded it to your friends, neighbors and Facebook buddies?  Here’s the link again:

May 2010 be our vintage!

Tastefully yours,

Adam Borden
Executive Director
Marylanders for Better Beer & Wine Laws
4315 Underwood Road
Baltimore, MD 21218
Tel: (443) 570-8102

Wineries with Permits

Wineries Able to Ship to MD

Here is a link to the Comptroller's website. Search for "DW-Direct Wine Shippers Permit" under permit type.

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