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NM Excise Tax Revision Measure Signed by Governor

Signed by the Governor, S.B. 413 revises the excise tax rates for microbrewed beer, cider and craft distillers, with the beer rates revised from the single rate of $.41 per gallon to $.08 per gallon on the first 30,000 barrels, …Read More

Sales Reciprocity Bill Fails in New Mexico

Dying in committee, H.B. 603 sought to expand the sales reciprocity among licensed manufacturers of craft alcohol to include licensed craft distillers, thereby providing the right for small brewers, winegrowers and craft distillers to sell the products of the other …Read More

Sales Reciprocity Considered in New Mexico

H.B. 603 would expand the sales reciprocity among licensed manufacturers of craft alcohol to include licensed craft distillers, thereby providing the right for small brewers, winegrowers and craft distillers to sell the products of the other two as part of …Read More

Excise Tax Revision Measure Moves in NM

Passing initial committee consideration with amendments, companions H.B. 489 and S.B. 413 propose a revision to the excise tax rates for microbrewed beer, cider and craft distillers, with the beer rates revised from the single rate of $.41 per gallon …Read More

Coupon Legislation Signed in NM

Signed by the Governor, House Bill 258 prohibits the use of scanbacks and instant malt liquor coupons. Read More

NM Brewers Sales Provision Struck by Governor

Following passage by the legislature, the Governor has declined to approve provisions of Senate Bill 204 which sought to allow for New Mexico winegrowers and New Mexico brewers to sell and serve New Mexico wine and New Mexico beer at …Read More

Coupon Legislation Introduced in NM

House Bill 258 prohibits the use of scanbacks and instant malt liquor coupons. Read More

Retail Reciprocity Bill Advances in NM

Passing initial committee consideration, House Bill 51 seeks to amend the liquor control act to create retail reciprocity among craft distillers, small brewers and winegrowers. Read More

Tax Increase Fails in New Mexico

Failing to advance from committee, H.B. 398 sought to raise excise taxes on alcoholic beverages, with the rate for beer increasing from 41 cents/gallon to $3.08/gallon for breweries that produce more than fifteen thousand barrels a year. Read More

Craft Reciprocity Bill on Tap in NM

House Bill 51 seeks to amend the liquor control act to create retail reciprocity among craft distillers, small brewers and winegrowers. 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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