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Responding to the recent US Supreme Court ruling that states could not ban out-of-state direct shipping of alcohol while allowing in-state direct shipping, the Michigan State House and Senate are considering bills that would eliminate all direct shipping.

Proponents of the change peg their position to concerns about underage drinking. "We need to make sure our laws are followed in terms of minors getting their hands on alcoholic beverages," Rep. Chris Ward told the State News. "When things are getting shipped through the mail, there's no way to verify that the recipient is (of age)."

Opponents of the change, however, say that local wineries will be unable to ship their wines directly to anyone in-state or out-of-state, and that the legislation will put them out of business.

Other states, such as Connecticut, have responded to the Supreme Court ruling by voting to allow both in-state and out-of-state direct shipping.
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