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Maryland Bill Seeks to Standardize Refillable Containers

Maryland’s Governor also approved, House Bill 208 which seeks to standardize the requirements for alcoholic beverage refillable containers used in the sale of draft beer or wine for off premises consumption. The bill also authorizes the Comptroller to establish standards …Read More

Missouri Packaging Bill awaits Action by Governor

Before the Governor for action, Senate Bill 689 expands the types of packages in which malt liquor may be sold to include single bottles, cans and pouches of beer. Read More

Vermont Bill Exempts Alcoholic Beverages from New Food Labeling Law

Signed into law, House Bill 112 requires food that is intended for human consumption and that is offered for sale on or after July 1, 2016 to be labeled as produced from genetic engineering if the food was entirely or …Read More

Maryland Bill Opens Door for Wholesaler License for Farm Brewers

House Bill 337 was approved by Maryland’s Governor. The bill authorizes a holder of a Class 8 farm brewery license to obtain a Class 7 limited beer wholesaler’s license. Also signed into law by the Governor, House Bill 464 authorizes the …Read More

South Carolina’s “Stone Bill” Signed into Law

House Bill 3512, the so-called “Stone Bill,” has been signed into law. The bill allows for breweries to sell food on premise and brewpubs to enter into distribution. Read More

Liquor Privatization Efforts Ended in Oregon

Citing a lack of time to gather the necessary signatures, liquor privatization supporters have ended their efforts to get a measure on the November ballot that would privatize sales in the state. Read More

Guidance Provided on Requirements for Brand Label Registration

The New York State Liquor Authority has issued guidance concerning requirements for brand label registration. Read More

New Law helps Maryland Brewers sell Prepackaged Beer

Recently signed into law by Maryland’s Governor, House Bill 464 authorizes the holder of a Class 7 micro-brewery (on- and off-sale) license to sell at retail beer brewed under the license to customers for consumption off the licensed premises as …Read More

Commission to Study Sale of Beer in Refillable Containers

New Hampshire’s Governor approved Senate Bill 257 establishing a commission to study the sale of beer in refillable containers. The previously included authorization for off-premises and on-premises licensees to sell beer in sealed refillable containers is deleted. Read More

California Bill Prohibiting Coupons gains Senate Committee Approval

Gaining Senate committee approval, A.B. 1928 seeks to prohibit a beer manufacturer or a beer and wine wholesaler from offering, funding, producing, sponsoring, promoting, furnishing, or redeeming any type of coupon and a licensee authorized to sell alcoholic beverages at …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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