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Bill to privatize Mississippi wine, spirits distribution passes Mississippi House

By: Anne Summerhays - February 2, 2022

The bill now moves onto the Senate

On Wednesday, House Bill 512 passed the Mississippi House by a vote of 112-2. The bill seeks to remove the Department of Revenue from controlling the alcohol warehouse and create a new industry in Mississippi for alcohol wholesaling and warehousing.

Rep. Trey Lamar

The bill was authored by State Representative Trey Lamar (R), chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee. He previously told Y’all Politics that it is the same bill that the House convincingly passed last year, HB 997.

It would remove the legal prohibitions that currently exist and would allow businesses to invest millions in capital and create hundreds of jobs across our state,” Rep. Lamar told Y’all Politics in January. “Of importance, the package retail and restaurant industry would not be changed by this legislation except that they would make purchases through private companies instead of through the state government.”

Last year’s version of the bill was amended and passed by the Senate but went to conference where it died.

If this year’s bill passes the Senate and is signed by the Governor, this act would take effect and be in force from and after January 1, 2023.

You can read full copy of the bill below.

HOUSE BILL NO. 512 by yallpolitics

 

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Anne Summerhays

Anne Summerhays is a recent graduate of Millsaps College where she majored in Political Science, with minors in Sociology and American Studies. In 2021, she joined Y’all Politics as a Capitol Correspondent. Prior to making that move, she interned for a congressional office in Washington, D.C. and a multi-state government relations and public affairs firm in Jackson, Mississippi. While at Millsaps, Summerhays received a Legislative Fellowship with the Women’s Foundation of Mississippi where she worked with an active member of the Mississippi Legislature for the length of session. She has quickly established trust in the Capitol as a fair, honest, and hardworking young reporter. Her background in political science helps her cut through the noise to find and explain the truth.