NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WZTV) — Tennessee could continue to-go alcohol sales under a bill that has just passed through the Tennessee General Assembly.
Gov. Bill Lee made alcohol to-go from bars legal during the COVID-19 pandemic under an Executive Order.
Now, some lawmakers would like to see it become permanent in the Volunteer State and gain tax off of sales.
Rep. Bob Ramsey (R-Maryville) and Sen. Brian Kelsey (R-Germantown) are sponsors of HB241/SB681, which passed in the Senate on Wednesday after previously being cleared in the House. It would keep to-go sales until July 2023. Gov. Bill Lee's office says he will sign this bill.
The bill states, "As introduced, authorizes, for a period of three years, persons and entities licensed to sell liquor and beer by the drink for consumption on the premises to sell alcoholic beverages and beer for off-premise consumption if certain requirements are met."
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In Nashville, to-go alcohol sales have been extended through May 31. To-go sales and delivery of beer are permanent, due to the delivery/curbside permit created by Metro Council last fall.
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