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Tuesday, October 25, 2005

Current status of legislation relevant to wine shipments in the Commonwealth

The Office of Representative Jeffrey Sánchez replies to my request for information:
Dear Mr. Garfield:

Representative Sánchez received your e-mail and we wanted to get back to you regarding the current status of legislation relevant to wine shipments in the Commonwealth.

My understanding is that at least 4 separate bills have been filed relevant to direct wine shipments. They are as follows:

House 3386, An Act Relating to Interstate Shipment of Wine
House 3399, An Act Relating to Direct Shipment of Wine
House 3407, An Act Relative to Wineries
House 3414, An Act Relative to the Shipment of Wine

You can view the text of these bills by visiting http://www.mass.gov/legis/hbillsrch.htm and entering in the bill number.

I checked our information system for the bill status on these items and all four are still before the Committee on Consumer Protection and Professional Licensure, which I see you initially contacted in your original e-mail, and have not as of yet been referred out.

We have heard from a few individuals in the district regarding this issue and have been compiling information on it should it come to the floor. If you have any materials or other documentation you would like to forward to us, please do not hesitate to do so.

I hope this has been helpful and if we can be of any assistance in the future, please feel free to call (617) 722-2370.

All the best and take care,

Victor Shopov

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Victor L. Shopov
Staff Director
Office of Representative Jeffrey Sánchez
State House, Room 42
Boston, MA 02133
(617) 722-2370 Phone
(617) 722-2215 Fax
Thank you Victor.

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