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Senate Bill 1230 — Wine imports, retailers

Senate Bill 1230 — Wine imports, retailers

Parrish Miller
January 17, 2024

Bill Description: Senate Bill 1230 would remove the prohibition against a wine importer shipping wine directly to a retailer.

Rating: +1

Does it give government any new, additional, or expanded power to prohibit, restrict, or regulate activities in the free market? Conversely, does it eliminate or reduce government intervention in the market?

Section 23-1309, Idaho Code currently prohibits a wine importer — an Idaho business that secures wine from a supplier outside the state — from shipping wine directly to a retailer, instead requiring that it be shipped to a wine distributor's warehouse.

Senate Bill 1230 would amend this section to allow a wine importer to ship wine directly to a retailer so long as "a retailer who receives wine shipped directly from an importer for resale shall be required to maintain the same records that a distributor is required by law or rule to maintain."

While this bill doesn't address the broader problem of government intervention in the wine market, it does remove one existing regulation that impedes the free market.


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