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posted 04-06-2011 01:46 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Hawkeye   Click Here to Email Hawkeye     Edit/Delete Message
Hi Poohh,
There must be some heavy lobbying going on down there and a lot of money being thrown around by the Distributors. If they cut off shipping from California wineries, according to a recent ruling (1-2 years) by the U. S. Supreme Court, Florida wineries will not be able to ship either. Since Tennessee legalized it, at least the wineries have to pay for a "certificate of shipping" plus they have to collect sales tax. I would guess this has been a very BIG win for Tennessee. As with Yesilovewine, I don't think it would do any good for a Tennesseean to send an email. Just remember who they are when the next election comes.


posted 04-06-2011 08:06 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for yesilovewine     Edit/Delete Message
Hi Pooh.
This is disturbing. Your state must have some powerful lobbyists planted somewhere.
Given that these are Florida senators, it would probably not be effective for us outsiders to speak up- Florida legislators don't care what I think in Oregon, for example.
However, are you in any local wine clubs or do you have wine bars that you visit? Those are the folks whose voices will matter.


posted 04-05-2011 11:08 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Poohh66     Edit/Delete Message
Received this disturbing news today from one of our Wine Club Vineyards
Please help us all Floridians and if you have the time, email these people

*Do you ever feel like getting "political?"

We have just been alerted by the Wine Institute that the Direct Shipping Legislation is under attack (again!).

Please read the following letter and links and send your concerns to your representatives! Unfortunately, our ability to ship directly to you in Florida may end in weeks.


This is directly from the Wine Institute and Free the Grapes:

"Your ability to order wine directly from the winery of your choice is under serious attack in the Florida legislature. If you don't act now, your freedom to buy directly may end in a matter of weeks. We are asking you to contact ALL of the following people:"

Mike Haridopolos (Senate President) at (850) 487-5056 and/or mike@senatormike.com or haridopolos.mike.web@flsenate.gov

Dean Cannon (Speaker of the House) at (850) 488-2742

Joe Negron (Senate bill sponsor) at (850) 487-5088 and/or negron.joe.web@flsenate.gov

Chris Dorworth (House bill sponsor) at (850) 488-5843 and/or chris.dorworth@myfloridahouse.gov

Your own legislator (House member may found at http://www.myfloridahouse.gov/Sections/Representatives/representatives.aspx by clicking on "Find Your Representative" tab.)

Your own Senator (Senator may be found at http://www.flsenate.gov/Senators/Find )

We suggest that you use the following wording to send the message to your representatives:

I am greatly disturbed to learn that the legislature is even considering the idea of limiting the freedom that I have to order wine from the winery of my choice. The giant wholesalers in this state do not need your protection - my economic freedom does! I certainly expect you to act in a way that expands the people's freedom, not contracts it. Oppose HB 837 and SB 854.


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