Good Morning Gentle Readers,
It's been illegal since 1909 for the post office to ship any spirituous, vinous, malted, fermented or other intoxicating liquors of any kind. That may change if the House signs off on Senate Bill 1789.
The proposed changes aren't a result of enlightened thinking. Instead, the move is a Hail Mary intended to make the post office more competitive and possibly prevent another round of post office closures scheduled for later this year.
The bill would save Saturday mail delivery from the axe for two more years.
UPDATE: Miss Emily asks a pertinent question in the comments section.....
Even to Mississippi? When ordering wine online I have to have it shipped to my friend in Memphis.
To clarify, federal law does not supersede state law in this case. If enacted, the USPS will be allowed to ship packages to residents of states who allow direct shipment of alcohol to residents.
Sidebar: I am not exactly sure how some states were able to circumvent the Supreme Court ruling and to maintain their protectionist schemes that, in no way, benefit the consumer.
Tip of the glass to the American Wine Consumer Coalition