Nashville Democrat Sherry Jones, a member of the Tennessee House of Representatives, won’t declare whether she supports allowing local citizens to vote on loosening restrictions that govern the sale of wine. Jones serves on the House Local Government Committee, where a bill allowing for wine-sales in grocery stores died March 12 on an 8-7 vote. Jones was absent from the committee at the time of the vote, although she was in the building. Had she been present to vote in favor of the bill, House Speaker Beth Harwell would have broken the tie in favor of the measure, moving it on to the next committee. Jones expressed her displeasure at speculation circulating around the Capitol that she may have purposely dodged the vote to avoid taking a public stand on the issue. Jones says she missed the wine-in-grocery-stores vote because she was in another committee that was simultaneously conducting a hearing on problems at the state Department of Children’s Services, an issue she says is her overriding priority. There’s a chance the local-option wine bill might be reconsidered in the House this year, however a member of the Local Government committee who voted against the measure would have to declare an intention to switch sides.