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Production Expansion Advances in NY

Passing the legislature, S.B. 5427 seeks to expands the number of barrels that a restaurant brewer may sell at retail. Read More

Electronic Tax Filing Passes NY Legislature

Passing both legislative chambers, Assembly Bill 6642 requires the commissioner of taxation and finance to allow distillers and brewers to file their taxes electronically. Read More

Temporary Permit Provision Heads to NY Senate

Passing the Assembly, A.B. 8025 amends the alcoholic beverage control law to establish a Temporary Manufacturing Permit to enable all manufacturing applicants to begin operations during the pendency of their license application. Read More

Production Expansion Sought in NY

S.B. 5427 seeks to expands the number of barrels that a restaurant brewer may sell at retail. Read More

Tied House Revision Proposed in NY

A.B. 7258 seeks to limit the application of the New York’s “tied-house” provisions to retailers, wholesalers and manufacturers licensed by the New York State Liquor Authority. Read More

Packaging Tax Credit Proposed in NY

A.B. 3473 provides a tax credit for bottling, packaging, and labeling expenses of wineries, breweries and distilleries. Read More

New York Considers Lower BAC

A.B. 3208 seeks to lower the blood alcohol concentration required for driving while intoxicated from .08 to .05, and for aggravated driving while intoxicated from .18 to .12. Read More

NY Considers Sustainability Grants

A.B. 10761 seeks to require the State Liquor Authority to develop and implement a New York State Craft Beverage Sustainable Production, Marketing and Labelling Program to highlight craft beverage producers that have adopted and demonstrated sustainable production methods in the …Read More

Sampling Parameters Proposed in New York

Assembly Bill 11165 provides that manufacturers and wholesalers may not charge the consumer for a sample, that no more than six samples may be provided to a person in one calendar day and that such sample may not exceed five …Read More

Electronic Tax Filing Passes NY Senate

Passing the Senate, S.B. 1827 would require the commissioner of taxation and finance to allow distillers and brewers to file their taxes electronically. 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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