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Lawmakers back in session to discuss hot-button issues

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Legislators will revisit one bill that failed by one vote last year: wine in grocery stores. Legislators will revisit one bill that failed by one vote last year: wine in grocery stores.

(WMC-TV) - Tennessee lawmakers are back in session and will discuss some hot-button issues, such as wine in grocery stores and medical marijuana.

Legislators will revisit one bill that failed by one vote last year: wine in grocery stores. The battle for wine in grocery stores is a fight that has been going on for more than a decade.

"Allow local government to have referendums so citizens can vote in those area. That's how liquor sales and packages by the drink come into a community," Jarron Springer said last summer when the bill was proposed.

Springer was speaking on behalf of Red White and Food, a coalition of retailers and consumers who support wine sales in Tennessee grocery stores. This year, the group is pushing to allow local referendums across the state and let people decide whether they want wine in grocery stores.

Another major bill? Medical marijuana in Tennessee.

"It couldn't hurt our state for sure," said Rep. Sherry Jones (D-TN). "I am sure there is marijuana brought in because it is not legalized totally, but at least we can do what we need to, to help people."

Legislators are preparing for a busy session that will also include education reform bills, workers' compensation reform, and a new two-year budget.

Mississippi's legislative session begins Tuesday, January 7. One of the proposals up for consideration is pay raises for teachers. Arkansas lawmakers will begin their session next week.

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