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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.

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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MD Franchise Legislation on Governor’s Desk

Passing both legislative chambers and eligible for the Governor’s signature, Senate Bill 704 reduces, from 180 days to 45 days, the number of days that a brewery must wait after notifying a distributor of its …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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Sampling Bill Amended in GA House

Amended in House committee after passing the Senate, S.B. 146 provides that retail package liquor stores may conduct tasting events at which samples of alcoholic beverages may be served and that manufacturers and wholesalers may …More

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