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Alcohol delivery bill signed into law

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CEDAR FALLS (KWWL) -

A bill signed by Governor Terry Branstad has many people concerned. It's Senate File 240 and partly deals with the home delivery of alcohol, right to your door.

Opponents say this change would make alcohol more accessible, but those for it say having home delivery might encourage people to drink at home and stay of the roads.

Lawmakers say the legislation they passed addresses a number of issues.

"Prior to enacting this law there were no enforceable regulation because the state code was silent on this matter. So this meant retail outlets could do whatever they wanted basically in terms of home delivery of alcohol," said Senator Jeff Danielson of Cedar Falls.

In the law businesses that sell alcohol must follow specific guidelines regarding home delivery. They include pre-paying for the delivery at the store, the recipient can not be intoxicated, and no deliveries can be made past 10 at night.

Marty Hansen the owner of Indulgence, a wine shop in Cedar Falls, says this law will make his business more competitive.

"I know for a fact there's companies out on the west coast, California wineries, that are delivering wine to the homes right here in Iowa," said Hansen.

Products such as gift baskets, which include wine, are expected to become big sellers for businesses like Indulgence.

"It's going to be a great thing in terms of increasing business for a small local business," said Hansen.

Officials with Hy-Vee say it will also benefit their business to allow alcohol to be delivered for caterings as well as gift baskets.

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