Wine-ship gains near unanimous House approval
Marylanders are one step closer to being able to ask their favorite wineries to ship bottles directly to their homes.
The House of Delegates this morning gave final approval to the direct-shipping proposal. Just one of the 141 delegates voted against the legislation. Del. Nathaniel Oaks, a Baltimore Democrat, said later that he opposes the bill because of worries about children having access to the delivered wine.
Senators advanced a similar version of the bill Friday and could vote on final passage Monday.
Under the proposal, in- and out-of-state wineries could pay a $200 permitting fee to ship to Marylanders. Residents, who would have to show delivery carriers that they are 21 or older, could receive up to 18 cases per year.