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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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MD Brewery Promotion Bill Fails in Committee

Failing to advance from committee, House Bill 480 sought to establish the Maryland Brewery Promotion Program and Fund in the Department of Commerce. The program would have provided grants designed to assist Maryland breweries, educate …More

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Missour Retail Cooler Lease Extension Advances

Advancing in the House following Senate passage, Senate Bill 197 would extend the expiration of the statutory language giving brewers the ability to lease to retailers portable refrigeration units to January 1, 2026.

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