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Alaska Looks at Comprehensive Alc law Review

S.B. 52 seeks to reorganize the statutes governing alcohol regulation to clearly define the rights and obligations of licensees, restructure penalties for offenses, and organize the statutes in a logical, common-sense manner. New statutory provisions retain the three-tier licensing …Read More

Alcohol Tax Proposed in Anchorage

The Mayor of Anchorage has proposed a 5% retail alcohol tax to take effect January 1, 2020. Read More

AK Alcohol Law Reforms Fail to Pass

Failing to pass House committee consideration, S. B. 76 sought comprehensive updates to alcohol beverage laws. The bill was amended in the House to include the provision that ultimately killed it, one which called for a reduction in the …Read More

Alcohol Regulations Review Intro’d in Alaska

Senate Bill 76 proposes a comprehensive rewrite of the statutes governing the regulation of alcohol. According to the bill’s sponsor, the proposed statutory provisions retain the three-tier licensing system, but create more flexibility for small manufacturers; create a new …Read More

Excise to Double Under Alaska Proposal

Among a host of tax increases, S.B. 5002 proposes to double the excise tax on malt beverages to a rate of $2.14/gallon and the small brewer rate to seventy cents/gallon on the first sixty thousand barrels. Read More

Alaska Requires Electronic Filing

Signed by the Governor, House Bill 375 requires the electronic submission by brewers of certain reports. Read More

Alabama Alcohol Tax Increase Proposed

House Bill 248 seeks to double the tax rates on all forms of alcoholic beverages, to a total of 20 cents per drink, with the rate increased to 6.6 cents for small craft breweries. The bill would also require …Read More

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Pete Johnson

State & Regulatory Affairs Manager

Pete Johnson serves as the State & Regulatory Affairs Manager for the Brewers Association. He joined the BA at its inception in 2005, having previously worked as Programs Director for the Brewers Association of America. Before coming to the small brewing industry in 2001, Pete worked for 14 years with both state and federal elected officials in Pennsylvania and Washington, D.C.

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