Lawmakers Consider Ban on Internet Wine Sales

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Wineries could not ship wine directly to Michigan consumers under bills introduced today in the state Legislature, but the measure's outlook is unclear because at least one top Republican opposes it.

A Senate Democrat and House Republican introduced separate bills that would make it illegal for in-state and out-of-state wineries to ship to Michigan customers.

Both are a response to a recent U.S. Supreme Court ruling that requires the state to change its law.

Michigan requires out-of-state wine to be sold through licensed wholesalers or vendors but has no similar rules for in-state wineries. The high court said wineries must be on equal footing.

But Senate Majority Leader Ken Sikkema, a Wyoming Republican, said he opposes an outright ban and thinks there is a way to regulate direct shipments from outside Michigan.