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Aluminum Pricing Examination Act Referred in U.S. House, Introduced in Senate

H.R. 2698, the Aluminum Pricing Examination Act (APEX Act), seeking to extend the jurisdiction of the Commodity Futures Trading Commission to include oversight of markets which set reference prices for aluminum premiums, has been referred to the Subcommittee on Commodity …Read More

Restaurant Revitalization Fund Replenishment Act Introduced

Introduced in both chambers of the United States Congress, H.R.3807/S.2091, the Restaurant Revitalization Fund Replenishment Act seeks to add an additional $60 billion to the Restaurant Revitalization Fund, thereby providing critical funding for the recovery of small hospitality businesses. Read More

Biden Issues Executive Order on Promoting Competition in the American Economy

Recognizing the need to promote a fair, open, and competitive marketplace, President Joe Biden signed an Executive Order promoting competition in the American economy. Covering a wide range of businesses and activities, provisions of the order specific to beverage …Read More

USPS Shipping Equity Act Introduced

The United States Postal Service (USPS) Shipping Equity Act (H.R. 3287/S. 1663), seeking to allow breweries, distilleries, wineries, cideries, and meaderies to utilize the USPS to ship products to consumers where state laws permit, has been introduced in Congress. Read More

Kombucha Taxation Bill Introduced in Congress

H.R. 2124, the “Keeping Our Manufacturers from Being Unfairly taxed while Championing Health Act” or “KOMBUCHA,” seeks to amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to ensure that kombucha is exempt from any excise taxes and regulations imposed on alcoholic …Read More

TTB Collects Six-Figure OIC Relating to Alleged Violations in Illinois

The Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau (TTB) announced that it had accepted an $850,000 “offer-in-compromise” payment to settle allegations that three entities associated with Illinois’ Lakeshore Beverage had violated tied-house and exclusive outlet provisions of the Federal Alcohol …Read More

American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 Signed into Law

The $1.9 trillion COVID-19 legislative relief package has been signed into law by the President. Details of this and other federal initiatives of interest to small and independent breweries can be found in the latest Brewers Association Federal Affairs Political …Read More

Craft Beverage Modernization and Tax Reform Act

Provisions of the Craft Beverage Modernization and Tax Reform Act of 2019 (S. 362; H.R. 1175) were included in the year-end legislative package addressing further COVID relief measures and government operational funding, signed into law by the President on December …Read More

COVID Impact Relief Bills Introduced in Congress

The RESTAURANTS Act, creating a restaurant revitalization fund of $120 billion that will provide grants to hospitality businesses that have been hit especially hard by COVID-19, has been introduced in both chambers of Congress (H.R. 793 and S. 255). …Read More

TTB Finalizes Rule on Malt Beverage Net Contents Labeling

As part of Treasury Decision TTB-165 effective December 29, 2020, the Tax and Trade Bureau has amended the labeling regulations to allow malt beverages to be labeled with the equivalent metric measure in addition to the mandatory U.S. measure. Read More

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State & Regulatory Affairs Manager

Pete Johnson serves as the State & Regulatory Affairs Manager for the Brewers Association (BA). 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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