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Electronic Tax Filing Passes NY Legislature

Passing both legislative chambers, Assembly Bill 6642 requires the commissioner of taxation and finance to allow distillers and brewers to file their taxes electronically. Read More

BA Files Comments on TTB Rulemaking

The Brewers Association filed formal comments with the Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau (TTB) concerning Notice 176, Modernization of the Labeling and Advertising Regulations for Wine, Distilled Spirits, and Malt Beverages. Read More

Temporary Permit Provision Heads to NY Senate

Passing the Assembly, A.B. 8025 amends the alcoholic beverage control law to establish a Temporary Manufacturing Permit to enable all manufacturing applicants to begin operations during the pendency of their license application. Read More

U.S. Supreme Court Issues Opinion with Implications for State Alcohol Laws

The US Supreme Court handed down its opinion in Tennessee Wine and Spirits Retailers Assn. v. Thomas, a case challenging a Tennessee law imposing a two-year durational residency requirement on applicants for a license to operate a retail liquor store, …Read More

Wide-Ranging NC Alcohol Bill Continues to Advance

Continuing to move through a series of House committees, House Bill 536, seeks to revise numerous provisions of the state’s alcoholic beverage control laws. Proposed changes affecting the craft beer industry include: allowing breweries to produce private label brands for …Read More

Sampling Bill Signed by Alabama Governor

Signed by the Governor, Senate Bill 276 authorizes wineries, distilleries, and breweries that conduct tastings and samplings and that are located within an entertainment district to sell alcoholic beverages for consumption within the entertainment district. Read More

Beer Definition Altered in CA

Signed by the Governor, A.B. 205 revises the definition of “beer” for purposes of the Alcoholic Beverage Control (ABC) Act to provide that beer may be produced using honey, fruit juice, fruit concentrate, herbs, spices, and other food materials, …Read More

Financial Interest Provision Becomes Law in Alabama

Signed by the Governor, Senate Bill 404 would permit a small manufacturer of beer to have a financial interest in a brewpub under certain conditions. Read More

Alcohol Advisory Group Nixed in MT

A proposal to create the Alcohol Advisory Council, charged with studying and reporting on all aspects of alcohol in the state, failed to advance from committee. Read More

Tasting Room Sales Measure Intro’d in Alabama

House Bill 542 seeks to allow a licensed manufacturer of alcoholic beverages to dispense and sell at its on-site tasting room, alcoholic beverages that are manufactured in this state but not by the manufacturer, so long as the other manufacturer …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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