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April 5, 2013 | 2:30 PM

This just came in from the Texas Wine & Grape Growers Association.

Senator John Carona of Dallas has proposed substitute language for SB 451 that would require wineries to produce and bottle 51% of all wine they ship on the premise. There is currently not a restriction on what wine a winery can ship; however, there is a limit on the amount of wine a winery can sell direct to the consumer in unbroken packages, which indirectly limits winery shipping.

The Texas Wine and Grape Growers Association is opposed to this proposed substitute because:

It further limits profit generating abilities for Texas wineries;

It limits growth potential in state revenue paid by the Texas wine and grape industry;

There is NO public health, safety and welfare issue created by the current way Texas wineries are operating;

And in Texas, government strives to protect the public without hindering or limiting the entrepreneurial nature of business.

What can you do as a member of the Texas wine and grape industry?

Call the office of Senator John Carona at 512-463-0116 and tell him you are opposed to the proposed substitute language for SB 451 for the reasons above.

Call your senator's capitol office and tell them you are opposed to John Carona's proposed substitute bill language for SB 451 for the reasons above. To find out who your senator is click here: http://www.fyi.legis.state.tx.us/Home.aspx. To find how to contact your senator's capitol office click here: http://www.capitol.state.tx.us/Members/Members.aspx?Chamber=S

Attend the Senate Business and Commerce Committee meeting in Austin at the Capitol (Room E1.016) on Tuesday, April 9, at 8 a.m. to oppose this bill during the public hearing.

Please contact Dacota Haselwood at dacota@twgga.org or 210-867-2576 with questions and/or comments.

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