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On December 20, 2017, Congress passed H.R. 1, the Tax Cut and Jobs Act. Learn more about how this bill could affect your brewery.

Kansas Bill Provides for Contract Brewing

House Bill 2470 would allow microbreweries within the state of Kansas to contract with other microbreweries for production and packaging of beer and hard cider.

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FMB Tax Proposed in NJ

Senate Bill 1185 creates a new category of alcoholic beverages entitled flavored malt beverages for purposes of the alcoholic beverages tax. The new flavored malt beverage category is taxed at a rate of $4.40 …More

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Glassware Giveaway Bill Advances in FL

Passing two Senate committees, Senate Bill 1224 would allow a malt beverage distributor to give branded glassware to vendors licensed to sell malt beverages for on-premises consumption. Further, it prohibits a vendor from selling the …More

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Florida House Moves Glassware Legislation

Passing initial committee consideration, House Bill 961 seeks to provide that a vendor licensed to sell malt beverages for on-premises consumption may accept glassware from a distributor, at no charge, subject to the following conditions: …More

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Tied House Advertising Prohibition Relaxed in FL Bill

Passing through several committees, Senate Bill 822 exempts from the “tied house evil” prohibitions a written agreement between a manufacturer or importer of malt beverages and an alcoholic beverage vendor for brand naming rights, including …More

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Hawaii Beer Tax Reduced under Proposal

H.B. 2412/S.B. 2712 deletes the definition, for tax rate purposes, of draft beer and applies that tax rate of 0.54 cents/wine gallon to all beer. Currently, the non-draft rate is at 0.93 cents/wine gallon.

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Lower Beer Tax Proposed in HI

House Bill 2614 reduces the tax on beer to $0.42 per wine gallon of beer and eliminates the distinction between draft beer and packaged beer for taxation purposes.

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HI Carryover Bill Seeks BAC Reduction

Carried over from the previous session, S.B. 18 lowers the threshold of blood alcohol content from .08 to .05 for the offense of driving under the influence.

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