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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.

OK Charitable Collab Bill Advances

Passing the Senate, SB 936 creates a Charitable Collaboration Brewer License authorizing a licensee to sell beer to beer distributers, qualified persons out of the state, serve limited and free samples of the charitable collaboration …More

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Oregon Farm Brewery Bill Amended

Amended prior to passing the Senate, S.B. 287 establishes standards for establishment of farm breweries on lands zoned for exclusive farm use or mixed farm and forest use for breweries that annually produce under 150,000 …More

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Self-Distribution Bill Fails to Clear TN Committee

Failing to advance from committee, S.B. 217 sought to allow beer manufacturers to self-distribute beer within a 100-mile radius of the manufacturer if the manufacturer brews 50,000 gallons or less annually.

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MD Franchise Legislation Amended

Significantly amended before passing the Senate, 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 intent to terminate or …More

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Missour Retail Cooler Lease Extension Advances

Passing the Senate, 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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Retail Cooler Lease Sunset Repeal Moves in MO

Passing committee consideration, House Bill 356 repeals the expiration date of the statutory language giving brewers the ability to lease to retailers portable refrigeration units.

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MO Retail Display Changes Bill Stalls

Held in committee, House Bill 634 addresses the ability to provide retailers with non-refrigeration dispensing equipment and seeks to increase dollar limits relating to retail displays and advertising. Currently, a distiller, wholesaler, winemaker, or brewer …More

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Tax Hike Stalls in Nebraska

Stalling in committee, L.B. 314 and L.B. 497 propose to raise alcohol taxes, among others, to address the state’s property tax crisis. Under both bills, the gallonage tax on beer would increase to $1.38 …More

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Tax Reduction Proposed in NE

L.B. 723 seeks to reduce alcohol tax rates, with the rate for beer dropping .06 cents to .25 cents per gallon.

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