Whiskey Bill Stalls In Senate, But Dean Expects Problems To Be Worked Out

Wednesday, April 17, 2013

The state Senate on Wednesday balked at a House amendment on the bill allowing distilleries in Hamilton County, causing one more complication for the bill that has had a rocky road.

But Rep. Vince Dean, chairman of the local legislative delegation, said he expects the situation will be worked out by the end of the week before the Legislature adjourns.

He said a conference committee with three members each from the House and Senate will meet Thursday to try to hammer out the differences.

"It will be worked out one way or the other - either with the amendment or without it," he said.

The amendment says distilleries must be at least 2,000 feet from a house of worship, day care or school.

The Senate, by a vote of 13-10, declined to go along with that amendment.

The Chattanooga Whiskey Company has plans to launch a distillery on the Southside as soon as the bill is signed by the governor.



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