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Did anyone ask if they’d like some whine with their legislation?

A bill, introduced today by Representative Joe Don McGaugh (r):

FIRST REGULAR SESSION

HOUSE BILL NO. 826 [pdf]

98TH GENERAL ASSEMBLY

INTRODUCED BY REPRESENTATIVE MCGAUGH.

1793H.01I D. ADAM CRUMBLISS, Chief Clerk

AN ACT

To amend chapter 311, RSMo, by adding thereto one new section relating to certification of wine as produced by verified citizens.

Be it enacted by the General Assembly of the state of Missouri, as follows:

Section A. Chapter 311, RSMo, is amended by adding thereto one new section, to be known as section 311.475, to read as follows:

311.475. 1. For purposes of this section, the term “domestic wine” shall mean any wine produced with grapes harvested in the United States.

2. No domestic wine shall be sold at retail in the state unless it has been certified as having been produced by and with grapes harvested by verified United States citizens.

3. The department of agriculture shall promulgate rules and regulations to implement the provisions of this section. Any rule or portion of a rule, as that term is defined in section 536.010, that is created under the authority delegated in this section shall become effective only if it complies with and is subject to all of the provisions of chapter 536 and, if applicable, section 536.028. This section and chapter 536 are nonseverable, and if any of the powers vested with the general assembly pursuant to chapter 536 to review, to delay the effective date, or to disapprove and annul a rule are subsequently held unconstitutional, then the grant of rulemaking authority and any rule proposed or adopted after August 28, 2015, shall be invalid and void.

[emphasis in original]

“…No domestic wine shall be sold at retail in the state unless it has been certified as having been produced by and with grapes harvested by verified United States citizens…”

Think about that for a second. By the way, there are Lawful Permanent Residents in the United States.