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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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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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Beer Tax Rate Change Advances in Hawaii

Continuing to advance, House Bill 887 and companion S.B. 1006 repeal the definition of draft beer and apply the same tax rate (0.54 cents/per wine gallon) to all beer.

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FDA Commissioner Weighs in on Cannabis-Derived Products

U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) released a statement by FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb, MD outlining the agency’s current actions regarding possible regulatory approaches for cannabis-containing and cannabis-derived products.

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Changes to Hawaii Draft Beer Regs Negotiated

Now the subject of a House-Senate conference, Senate Bill 772 seek to repeal the requirement that there be attached a clear and legible notice, placard, or marker upon the faucet, spigot, or outlet wherefrom the …More

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