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[R63] Farm winery legislation passes the Indiana House
Start Date: 2/3/2014Start Time: 12:00 AM
End Date: 2/3/2014
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State Representative Mark Messmer (R-Jasper) authored a bill to remove a barrier to small winery businesses in Indiana. House Bill (HB) 1387 passed the House of Representatives today with a vote of 94-1.

HB 1387 allows small wineries to sell up to 5,000 gallons of wine directly to retailers within the same county, or a county contiguous to that county. 

From 1971-2006, Indiana’s farm wineries had the ability for unlimited self-distribution of their product. However, in 2006, the General Assembly passed a law prohibiting them from self-distributing any of their product. Removing this barrier brings fairness between Indiana’s farm wineries and the privileges already enjoyed by Indiana micro-breweries.

“It has always been a priority for me to address the burdens on small businesses, and increase economic development in our state. This bill could potentially support further growth of Indiana’s farm wineries and attract additional tourism and more revenue to local communities,” said Rep. Messmer. 

The bill will now be considered by the Senate.

To learn more about HB 1387 and keep up-to-date on the bill’s status, please visit https://iga.in.gov/legislative/2014/bills/house/1387/#document-d0df1552

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Name: Courtney Scott
Phone: 317-234-9006
Email: Courtney.Scott@iga.in.gov
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