MD Direct Shipping Bill Introduced – Includes Retailers
Posted by: Matt on January 28th, 2011
Maryland HB234 and SB248 were introduced to the 2011 legislative session today by Delegate Jolene Ivey and Senator Jamie Raskin, respectively. The companion bills, if passed, would finally clear the way for the creation of a direct wine seller’s permit, issued by the state comptroller’s office. A quick click through on either bill reveals a broad level of support, with numerous co-sponsors listed on each.
The best part? The draft legislation would allow direct shipments from wineries, in-state retailers, and out-of-state retailers – defying the winery-only recommendation of the direct shipping study in a clear triumph of logic over fear and speculation. The only limit is the number of cases you’ll be able to buy in a year (24 cases from the same shipper). Purchasing a direct shipper’s permit is not free, but the $100 price tag should allow most wineries and retailers to take advantage of the opportunity to enter Maryland’s large and (more importantly) affluent market.
Of course, as we know from previous years, introducing legislation – even when supported by a majority of lawmakers – is no guarantee for success. At this point all we can do is wait and hope that it remains in tact through the various committees responsible for reviewing this legislation and bringing it to the full body for a vote.