Mississippians will likely soon be able to order hard to get wines shipped direct to their local package store. This comes after years of legal wrangling that at one point featured a lawsuit brought by former Attorney General Jim Hood who sued out of state companies for shipping into Mississippi directly.
The HB 1088 conference committee report was adopted in both houses and will soon head to Governor Tate Reeves. The bill will allow Mississippi consumers to ship up to 10 full cases from any winery directly to their local package store each year starting in January 2021.
One of the bill’s proponents has been Senate Finance Committee Chairman Josh Harkins of Rankin County. Conferees hammering out differences were State Representatives Trey Lamar, Jody Steverson and Steve Massengill, along with State Senators Josh Harkins, Sally Doty and Joel Carter. Lamar filed the initial bill in the House.