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Wine in grocery stores debate returning to state capitol

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NASHVILLE, TN (WSMV) -

State lawmakers are about to head back to work at the capitol, and two of last year's most controversial issues are expected to be at the top of the agenda.

The legislative session begins Tuesday, and, yes, that means it is again time to debate whether wine can be sold in grocery stores.

"I mean, it really is time for that bill to pass," said Lt. Gov. Ron Ramsey.

Heading into the new session, the state representative who cast the key vote against it last year is now willing to reconsider. And according to Kroger, wine is one of its most requested items.

Stores have posted displays with information to help out their customers who want wine in grocery stores.

"Having them fill out a postcard that we would send to their legislature asking their representative to vote in favor of letting the people to decide," said Kroger spokeswoman Melissa Eads.

Of course, liquor stores are still concerned about the effects if it passes.

"There's no evidence that liquor stores go out of business, that you can't have both. We have seen examples where we have a Kroger store and a liquor store in the same shopping center and both are fine and selling wine," Eads said.

This session, lawmakers will also take up the governor's proposal for school vouchers that would grant scholarships to low-income families with students in low-performing schools to use for private schooling.

"It really does leave quite a gap," said Gera Summerford, with the Tennessee Education Association.

The Tennessee Education Association is opposed to the vouchers, worried that the system could recreate segregation.

"We believe that public tax dollars should be used to support public schools. Public schools welcome and educate all children regardless of their backgrounds or their learning disabilities. And they're held accountable to the state," Summerford said.

Read more about the general assembly and find contact information for your representatives here: http://www.capitol.tn.gov/.

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