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FL Bill Looks at Franchise, Self-Distributon Issues

Senate Bill 1304 would permit manufacturers to terminate a distributor contract if their products represent less than 10% of distributor’s total alcohol beverage portfolio with 120 days’ notice. The bill further: 1) provides that …More

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FL Franchise Exemptions Pass Committee

Receiving favorable initial committee consideration, House Bill 903 provides for limited exemptions to the current regulations regarding distribution agreements between beer distributors and manufacturers, as follows: 1) exempts small breweries (i.e. total production volume does …More

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On-Sales Changes Proposed in Georgia

Senate Bill 152 seeks an expansion of the sales abilities of malt beverage manufacturers to allow up to 3,000 barrels sold at each of the brewer’s licensed premises for on- or off-premise consumption. Additionally, …More

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Oregon Farm Brewery Standards Proposed

S.B. 287 establishes standards for establishment of farm breweries that produce less than 150,000 gallons of malt beverages on lands zoned for exclusive farm use or mixed farm and forest use.

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Utah Beer Definition Change Considered

Passing initial committee consideration, S.B. 132 would change the definition of beer to increase the ABW from 3.2% to 4.8% (4% ABV to 6% ABV).

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Massachusetts Franchise Bill Filed

Senate Docket 1434 seeks to allow small brewers (defined as under 6 million barrels) to terminate a distributor without cause and with less than the current 120-day notice (the notice provision is tiered based on …More

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Montana Taproom Hours Bill Stalls

Tabled in committee, House Bill 185 seeks to allow small brewery licensee on-site taprooms the ability to sell for an additional two hours until 10:00 p.m.

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Tax Reduction Proposed in Hawaii

House Bill 887 and companion S.B. 1006 repeal the definition of draft beer and apply the same tax rate (0.54 cents/per wine gallon) to all beer.

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