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Brewpub Production Cap Increase Proposed in NY

A.B. 6404 would expand the number of barrels that a restaurant brewer (brew-pub) may produce to sell at retail or wholesale from 250 to 2,000 barrels. Read More

Tax Filing Alteration Proposed in New York

Senate Bill 1827 requires the commissioner of taxation and finance to allow distillers and brewers to file their taxes electronically. Read More

NY Legislation would Lower Legal BAC Limit

A.B. 2302 seeks to lower the blood alcohol concentration required for driving while intoxicated from .08 to .05, and for aggravated driving while intoxicated from .18 to .12. Read More

Hops-Related Bill Advances in NY

Clearing initial committee consideration, Senate Bill 5649 seeks to include the manufacturing of hops when determining if something is considered a New York state labelled beer. Read More

Trade Practice Case Settled in NY

The State Liquor Authority has accepted a conditional no contest offer from Southern Glazer Wine & Spirits (SGWS) to settle charges that SGWS engaged in “pay-to-play” by providing illegal gifts and services to business to influence their purchasing decisions, for …Read More

Tax Exemption for Tastings Signed by NY Gov

Signed into law, A.B. 6945 provides that wine, beer, cider, and liquor tastings by a licensed producer are exempt from the sales and compensating use tax. Read More

NY Sales Bill Becomes Law

Signed by the Governor, S.B. 2481 adds on premise consumption sales to that of off premise sales and the conducting of tastings of New York state labelled beer manufactured by a licensed brewer or licensed farm brewery. Read More

Malting Barley Insurance Issue Raised by NY Senator

U.S. Senator Charles Schumer (D-NY) has called on the U.S. Department of Agriculture to begin the process of giving New York State the Malting Barley Endorsement (M.B.E.), a federal insurance option available only to a specific group of states that …Read More

Beer Transport Legislation Passes Senate

Passing the Senate, S.B. 5962 seeks to eliminate the expiration and repeal of certain provisions authorizing manufacturers to transport alcoholic beverages to an adjacent retail premises. Read More

New York Sales Tax Exemption Advances

Passing both legislative chambers, A.B. 6945 amends the tax law to provide wine, beer, cider, and liquor tastings by a licensed producer are exempt from the sales and compensating use tax. 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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