Exemption in 'Tennessee Whiskey' law raises legal flags

NASHVILLE, TN (AP) - An effort to repeal the state's bill determining which spirits can be sold as "Tennessee Whiskey" faces key votes in the state House and Senate committees on Tuesday.

The measure is sponsored by Rep. Bill Sanderson of Kenton and Sen. Ed Jackson of Jackson. Both are Republicans.

The law enacted at the behest of Jack Daniel's in 2013 requires sprits to be filtered through charcoal and aged in unused barrels in order to be sold as Tennessee whiskey.

Jack Daniel's master distiller Jeff Arnett says the measure is needed to ensure minimum quality standards. The company's political action committee gave $96,000 to lawmakers and their committees last year, including $11,200 to Republican Sen. Ken Yager of Kingston, who chairs the State and Local Government Committee voting on the bill Tuesday.

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