Winery patrons could drive carrying recorked bottles, Illinois House says

2013-05-10T19:30:00Z 2013-05-10T22:47:03Z Winery patrons could drive carrying recorked bottles, Illinois House saysL.E. Hlavach Lee Springfield Bureau nwitimes.com
May 10, 2013 7:30 pm  • 

SPRINGFIELD | Patrons at Illinois wineries will be able to drive away with a recorked, partially consumed bottle of wine under a proposal that was unanimously approved in the Illinois House on Friday.

The legislation, which also received unanimous approval in the Illinois Senate in April, now goes to Gov. Pat Quinn's desk.

The measure was sponsored in the Senate by state Sen. Toi Hutchinson, D-Olympia Fields, and in the House by state Rep. Mike Bost, R-Murphysboro.

"This is the exact same thing we did for restaurants," Bost said Friday.

"We need to afford wineries the same opportunities we afford restaurants," Hutchinson said in a prepared statement.

Under current law that prohibits driving with an open alcohol container in the vehicle, restaurants can recork wine and place it in a tamper-proof bag, which drivers must place in an area of the car not accessible to passengers.

The proposal extends this provision to wineries. It requires that someone from the winery must recork and bag the bottle for the patron.

Hutchinson said the measure also helps discourage winery patrons from finishing bottles before they drive home.

The measure is Senate Bill 722.

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