By Jason Delgado
February 13, 2022
Floridians, your red wine glass might quickly runneth over.
The House raised a glass Thursday in favor of a bill that would eliminate size limits on wine bottles in Florida.
The bill (HB 6031) would rescind state laws that ban red wine sales in containers bigger than a gallon. Your home passed the procedure almost all with a 117-1 vote.
Lighthouse Point Republican Politician Rep. Chip LaMarca is the expense sponsor.
“Free the grapes,” LaMarca quipped on the flooring.
LaMarca prompted legislators to encourage senators throughout the hall to support the procedure, and for great reason: The 2022 Legal Session marks his 4th effort with the measure.
The failed efforts, though, aren’t for an absence of attempting. In 2015, he discovered success in your house however ran dry with legislators in the Upper Chamber.
The policy behind the law, LaMarca has actually formerly suggested, is unproductive.
“It serves no good policy to criminalize the sale of red wine based upon the container size,” LaMarca told the Regulatory Reform Subcommittee.
Under present law, selling wine in a container larger than a gallon is a misdemeanor offense, potentially even a third-degree felony in certain scenarios.
If the new expense is signed into the law, nevertheless, the sky is the limitation for white wine containers.
The expense would enable bottle of all sizes, consisting of the “Nebuchadnezzar,” which holds 15 liters, or the volume of 20 basic wine bottles.
It would even enable the massive 50-liter “Sovereign”– the equivalent of a massive 67 basic bottle.
Wine connoisseurs, as well as companies, would benefit under the proposition, according to a personnel analysis.
The expense might discover more success this time with legislators. Legislators last Session went through a COVID-19 inspired renaissance of sorts and reviewed numerous alcohol related laws.
Among other modifications to state law, they championed legislation enabling Floridians to acquire to-go cocktails.
The booze-related proposition came after the Department of Company and Expert Regulation allowed bars and dining establishments to offer drinks to-go amidst the pandemic and its subsequent lockdown.