Governor Bevin signs alcohol shipping bill

06/01/2018 01:54 PM

LOUISVILLE- Gov. Matt Bevin, R-Kentucky, ceremonially signed a bill allowing visitors to ship spirits and wine home.

House Bill 400, sponsored by Rep. Chad McCoy, R-Bardstown, allows visitors to ship up to 4.5 liters of spirits and four bottles of wine per person while visiting a distillery or winery. Alcohol may only be shipped to states that allow alcohol shipments. Currently, only seven states and the District of Columbia allow spirit shipments, and 44 states allow wine shipments. To ship, the alochol must be purchased at a distillery or winery.

Rep. McCoy says the passage of this legislation was a step forward for Kentucky’s growing bourbon industry.

“We moved this industry from a prohibition era of a sin industry, into what is now our signature industry.” he said.

Gov. Bevin says this new law helps cut the red tape that the bourbon and other alcohol industries are dealing with in the state.

“We will continue to cut red tape, imagine the fact you used to be able to come here, tour here, and fall in love with a product and not be able to buy it and ship it home?” Bevin said. “Can you imagine if that was the case in Napa Valley? This is becoming the Napa Valley of distilled spirits.”

After the signing of the bill, Bevin helped to package a signed bottle of Maker’s Mark to his office. This was the first bottle of spirits shipped in Kentucky.

Michon Lindstrom

Michon is a producer for Pure Politics. Michon comes to Kentucky from Springfield, Illinois where she served as the statehouse reporter for the NBC affiliate. During her time in the Land of Lincoln she covered the state’s two year budget impasse and the largest school funding overall in Illinois history. Pure Politics airs weeknights at 7 and 11:30 on Spectrum News. Follow Michon on Twitter at @MichonLindstrom or reach her by email at michon.lindstrom@charter.com

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