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Maryland wine-shipping bill to be signed, supporters say

ANNAPOLIS — Wine lovers are saying Gov. Martin O’Malley will soon sign a bill legalizing shipping directly to consumers from wineries.

O’Malley is expected to sign the bill May 10, Marylanders for Better Beer and Wine Laws said Wednesday in an email to supporters.

The compromise measure approved by lawmakers this year allows wineries to ship directly to consumers, but not retailers. The measure had died the three previous years, under intense lobbying from Maryland’s alcohol distributor and retail lobby.

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