Gov. Rick Scott vetoes ‘whiskey & Wheaties’ bill

Liquor stores will continue to be the only place in Florida to make purchases of hard liquor, following Gov. Scott's veto of SB 106.Voicing concerns over job creation, Gov. Rick Scott has vetoed the so-called “whiskey & Wheaties” bill that would have removed the “wall of separation” between stores selling hard liquor and retailers selling beer, wine and other items.

Currently, retailers such as Wal-Mart, Target and Publix cannot sell hard liquor in the same locations that they sell wine, beer and a host of other food and beverage products. They must have a separate package store entrance.

And that distinction will continue for at least another year, thanks to Scott’s veto.

According to, Scott vetoed the measure, formally known as SB 106, on May 24th, his last chance to veto the legislation. It is also his first veto of legislation approved during the recently completed 2017 legislative session.

Florida Baptists had been encouraged by the Florida Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission, Tommy Green, executive director-treasurer of the Florida Baptist Convention, and the Florida Baptist Witness, among others, to let the governor know they stood in opposition to the bill.

SB 106 managed to pass by small margins in the Florida House and Senate after being voted down the past four years.

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