Circle the date: Maryland wine shipment bills to get dual hearings on March 5

A blog posting on The Wine Classroom about the direct wine shipping bill Senate and House hearings on March 5th:

Circle the date: Maryland wine shipment bills to get dual hearings on March 5

By PAUL VIGNA, The Patriot-News

February 20, 2010, 11:49AM

Here's the most recent development out of the legislature tussle going on in Annapolis, Md., over the push to change the state's laws regarding the distribution of wine and beer.

Adam Borden noted in a Friday e-mail to members and friends of the lobbying group called Marylanders for Better Beer & Wine Laws that Sen. Joan Carter Conway, has scheduled a hearing on Senate Bill 566, the direct wine shipping bill, on Friday, March 5Sen. Conway is the chair of the committee that hears alcohol bills.

It caught Borden by surprise for two reasons. Sen. Conway was quoted as saying in a recent Baltimore Sun story that the wine shipping bill “is not going anywhere” despite, according to Borden, having a majority of her own committee and both chambers supporting the legislation. And she scheduled it the same day and time as the hearing on the issue in the House.

Reached late Saturday morning, Borden said that he didn't know how to "interpret her choosing to do both on the same day." He said the two hearings will give those who want to testify in support of the measure more of an opportunity to get in front of the lawmakers and state their case.

Bottom line, however, this is a bill that needs to pass the House first. Right now, Borden said, they don't have enough votes to get that done. "We've got to focus on the House right now," he said.

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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