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Farm Brewery Effort Stalls in RI

Held for further study, Senate Bill 913 sought to authorize the issuance of farmer brewery and farmer distillery licenses to qualifying farms subject to certain conditions. Read More

Licensing Fee Drops in Rhode Island

Signed into law by the Governor, H.B. 7092 reduces the alcoholic beverage manufacturing and wholesale licensing fee from three thousand dollars ($3,000) to five hundred dollars ($500). Read More

RI License Fee Reduction Proposal Dies

Failing to pass committee, S.B. 2251 seeks to reduce the alcoholic beverage manufacturing and wholesale licensing fee from $3,000 to $500. Read More

License Fee Reduction Proposed in RI

S.B. 2251 seeks to reduce the alcoholic beverage manufacturing and wholesale licensing fee from $3,000 to $500. Read More

RI Brewpub Distribution Bill Stalls

Stalled in committee, H.B. 7364 would authorize brewpub manufacturer’s licensees to sell at retail to certain holders of wholesale licenses at the licensed place by the manufacturer of the product of his or her licensed plant as well as beverages …Read More

Tax Status of Charitable Alcohol Donations Considered in RI

H.B. 7516 would exempt from taxation the donation of alcoholic beverages to nonprofit organizations that are exempt from federal taxation under § 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. Read More

Brewpub Distribution Cahnges Offered in RI

H.B. 7364 would authorize brewpub manufacturer’s licensees to sell at retail to certain holders of wholesale licenses at the licensed place by the manufacturer of the product of his or her licensed plant as well as beverages produced for the …Read More

RI Sales Tax Exemption Stalls

Held in committee, House Bill 5380 would exempt from the sales and use tax the sale of beer and malt beverages at retail. Read More

RI Tax Exemption for Packaging Fails to Advance

Held for further study, H.B. 6173 seeks to exempt from sales and use taxes specialized packaging equipment such as kegs for alcoholic beverages.H Read More

Sales Tax Exemption Proposed in RI

House Bill 5380 would exempt from the sales and use tax the sale of beer and malt beverages at retail. 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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