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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

Conneticut expands Permit Holders Abilities

New law in Connecticut, H.B. 5099 allows holders of caterer liquor permits to also be holders of manufacturer permits for brew pubs and manufacturer permits for beer and brew pubs. Read More

Delaware Bill moves forward on Beer Sales at Movie Theaters

Passing the House and under Senate consideration, Delaware’s House Bill 299 would allow for the sale and consumption of beer, wine and liquor at movie theaters, including consumption within the theater during a movie showing. Read More

Proposed Rules to limit Brewpub Distribution in Illiniois

Proposed Illinois Liquor Control Commission rules would limit the amount of beer brewpubs could provide to distributors to 50,000 gallons. Read More

Michigan Bills seek to allow Beer Samples at Farmers Markets

House Bills 5426 and 5427 seek to amend the Michigan Liquor Control Code to allow microbrewers to provide samples of their beer at farmers markets. The bills are tie-barred together, meaning neither can take effect if one is not enacted. Read More

Package Retailers Now allowed to Sample Products

Mississippi’s new law, H.B. 801 authorizes package retailers to sample product and hold tasting/sampling events. 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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