House Votes to Loosen Louisiana Alcohol, Wine Delivery Rules

BATON ROUGE (AP) — Consumers could get wine shipped directly from manufacturers, under a bill that narrowly won passage Monday from the Louisiana House.

Current law prohibits wine manufacturers from shipping wine directly to a consumer unless that consumer makes the purchase in person at the winery, or unless the manufacturer doesn’t have a wholesale agreement to sell in the state through stores and other sites.

Rep. Joseph Orgeron, a Larose Republican, said 44 other states allow similar direct shipments of wine without such conditions. He said his proposal would increase consumer access.

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Opponents suggest the change could damage wholesalers and the retailers that sell wine.

Lawmakers sent the proposal to the Senate with a 53-40 vote. That was exactly the number of votes it needed to pass.

The vote was unanimous for a second alcohol measure that would let restaurants sell pre-packaged, pre-measured, “ready-to-drink” alcoholic beverages for delivery. Republican Rep. John Illg, of River Ridge, said the measure would help the state’s ailing restaurant industry. A 95-0 vote sent that bill to the Senate for debate.

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