The state House of Representatives on Friday approved legislation that would allow students under 21 enrolled in viticulture and enology programs at four-year universities to taste but not consume wine as part of their educational experiences outside the classroom. HB 1563 extends on legislation passed in 2015 to include grape-growing areas and wine production facilities as allowable places for supervised students to sip and expectorate wine as part of their educational training.
The bill, supported by WSU, passed through the House 89-6. It now moves to the Senate where it will begin the process again.
Watch the video below to see the House Floor Debate on HB 1563.