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Beer-to-Go Bill on Governor’s Desk

Awaiting the Governor’s signature, House Bill 1545, reauthorizing the Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission (TABC) , also: provides for the ability of production breweries to sell a case equivalent amount of beer for off-premises consumption; removes the distinction between beer and …Read More

IL Distribution Agreement Provision Advances

Assigned to House committee following Senate passage, S.B. 996 provides that a brewer may cancel an agreement with a wholesaler without notice, unless otherwise provided by agreement, if there has been a revocation or suspension of a license or permit …Read More

Tax Hike Proposed by Illinois Governor

The Governor has proposed raising the per-gallon tax on alcohol beverages, with the beer rate increasing 4.6 cents to 27.7 cents/gallon. Read More

IL Legislature Passes Crowler Sales Provisions

Passing both legislative chambers in amended form, House Bill 3610 makes changes to provisions authorizing a manufacturer, distributor, or importing distributor to sell coil cleaning services and dispensing accessories. It further provides that a manufacturer of beer or a …Read More

Craft Beverage Modernization and Tax Reform Act

The Craft Beverage Modernization and Tax Reform Act of 2019 (S. 362; H.R. 1175) has been introduced in Congress. The legislation makes permanent the tax and other provisions passed as part of the Tax Cut and Jobs Act which …Read More

Self-Distribution and Franchise Addressed in ME Bill

Senate Bill 593 seeks to change the definition of “small brewery” by increasing the amount of malt liquor a small brewery may brew, and subsequently self-distribute, from 50,000 gallons to 30,000 barrels per year. The bill also sets …Read More

Following Investigation, Keg Importers to Pay Antidumping Duties

The U.S. Department of Commerce announced that preliminary determinations in the antidumping duty investigations of imports of refillable stainless steel kegs from China, Germany, and Mexico have been made, finding that exporters from China, Germany, and Mexico have dumped refillable …Read More

Retail Cooler Lease Extension Approved in MO

Signed into law, 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. Read More

USDA Issues Opinion on 2018 Farm Bill Hemp-related Provisions

The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) issued a legal opinion to address questions raised by several hemp-related provisions of the Agricultural Act of 2018, better known as the 2018 Farm Bill. The USDA opinion clarifies four areas of …Read More

Montana Tasting Room Hours Bill Dies

Dying in committee, H.B. 185 sought to extend the hours for small breweries to serve beer at a sample room to between 10:00 a.m. and 10:00 p.m. 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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