by Erik Schelzig, Associated Press
Posted: Tuesday, February 5, 2013 at 3:18PM EST
NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Gov. Bill Haslam said Thursday that he would sign a bill seeking to allow wine to be sold in Tennessee supermarkets and convenience stores into law if lawmakers approve it this year.
The Republican governor told reporters that he's neutral on the measure calling for cities and counties decide by referendum whether to allow wider wine sales, but added that he won't stand in the way of it becoming law.
"The whole allowing voting is an interesting concept," Haslam said.
The governor's stance on the issue appears to have warmed since the 2010 governor's race, when he expressed reservations about the proposal that would directly affect the Pilot Flying J truck stop chain owned by the Haslam family.
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