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South Dakota: Wine by mail passes first legislative hurdle

February 12, 2014

A bill that would make it legal for South Dakotans to order wine by mail cleared its first hurdle on Tuesday. Barely. Senate Bill 114 establishes a licensing system through which in and out-of-state wineries can legally send residents wine by mail. South Dakota is one of 10 states that do not allow direct shipping of wine, according to the Wine Institute. The bill deadlocked on a 3-3 vote in the Senate Commerce Committee with one senator, Dan Lederman, excused. The committee then voted 4-2 to send it to the Senate floor without a recommendation.