Governor DeSantis Signs Legislation to Increase Wine Purchasing Options in Florida
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FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. ~ Fort Lauderdale, Florida - In a move to reduce regulation and improve the quality of life for residents, Governor Ron DeSantis signed HB 583 today, allowing for the purchase and sale of wine in glass containers up to 15 liters. This new legislation was met with enthusiasm from both state officials and stakeholders in the wine industry.

Governor DeSantis stated, "In Florida, we are always looking for ways to reduce regulation and improve our residents' quality of life. If Floridians can purchase a large bottle of wine online from another state, they should be able to buy one from their local wine or grocery store."

Representative Chip LaMarca, who has been advocating for this legislation for the past five years, expressed his satisfaction with its passing. "This legislation has been a priority for me over the past five years because I never saw it as good public policy to criminalize the sale of wine based on container size in the free state of Florida," he said. "It allows Florida to be on the forefront of two important policy issues - economic freedom and criminal justice reform."

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The signing of HB 583 is also seen as a positive step towards supporting Florida businesses. Melanie S. Griffin, Secretary of the Florida Department of Business and Professional Regulation (DBPR), praised Governor DeSantis' commitment to cutting red tape. "Governor DeSantis has a long history of cutting red tape, and today's signing of House Bill 583 is a testament to his commitment to Florida businesses," she said. "This legislation will make it easier for more than 51,000 DBPR licensees to do business."

Under current Florida law, wine distributors and manufacturers are allowed to sell wine in containers of any size to other distributors and manufacturers. However, everyday Floridians are prohibited from purchasing any wine in a container larger than one gallon. With HB 583 now in effect, this restriction has been lifted, and wine will be available for purchase in many commonly used sizes, including Methuselah (6 liters), Salmanazar (9 liters), Balthazar (12 liters), and Nebuchadnezzar (15 liters).

This new law is expected to have a positive impact on the wine industry in Florida, as well as provide more options for consumers. With the support of Governor DeSantis and Representative LaMarca, it is now time to "FREE THE GRAPES!" as stated by Representative LaMarca. The signing of HB 583 marks a significant step towards economic freedom and criminal justice reform in the state of Florida.

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