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Direct Sales Bill Intro’d in Iowa

H.B. 572 seeks to authorize persons holding class “A” or special class “A” permits that manufacture beer to sell up to a total of 100 barrels per year of the beer it manufactures to retail …More

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Sales Reciprocity Bill Fails in New Mexico

Dying in committee, H.B. 603 sought to expand the sales reciprocity among licensed manufacturers of craft alcohol to include licensed craft distillers, thereby providing the right for small brewers, winegrowers and craft distillers to sell …More

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Maine Labling Legislation Proposed

Senate Bill 66 requires that all malt liquor, wine and low-alcohol spirits products imported to, exported from or sold in Maine bear a label approved by the United States Department of the Treasury, Alcohol and …More

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Excise Tax Increase Advanced in ME

House Bill 793, for the purpose of reducing the incidence of domestic violence and suicides, increases the excise taxes imposed on spirits, malt liquor, fortified wines and hard cider and the sales tax imposed on …More

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Brewery Modernization Bill Sent to MD Governor

Passing both chambers of the legislature, H.B. 1010, the Brewery Modernization Act of 2019, contains a host of provisions enhancing the retail, production and distribution abilities for several classes of breweries.

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CA Draft Beer Badging Exemption Advances

Under Senate consideration following Assembly passage, Assembly Bill 609 seeks to exempt licensed premises operated by beer manufacturers from the current requirement that any on-sale retail licensee that gives, sells, or otherwise dispenses draught beer …More

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Water Regs Study Group Considered in CA

Amended and passed by committee, Senate Bill 166 would require the State Water Resources Control Board to convene a study group by December 1, 2021, to advise the Legislature on policies regarding onsite process water …More

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Insurance Change Proposed in CT

House bill 7260 would exempt from certain small employer health insurance plan requirements a Connecticut employer that (1) holds a manufacturer permit for beer from the Department of Consumer Protection and (2) obtains health insurance …More

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FL Franchise Exemptions Continue to Advance

Moving through a series of House committees, 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 …More

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