Under House consideration following Senate passage, S.B. 52 seeks to organize the statutes governing the alcohol industry in a logical, commonsense manner for all users, clearly defining the rights and obligations of licensees. New statutory provisions retain the three-tier licensing system but create more flexibility for small manufacturers; create a new endorsement system to expand the boundaries of licensed businesses and accommodate special events; and modify the permitting system for clarity. The bill also creates local control in community population limits, adds mechanisms to prevent underage access to alcohol, regulates common carriers who deliver alcohol and provides for a smooth transitional implementation period.
Pete Johnson serves as the State & Regulatory Affairs Manager for the Brewers Association (BA). 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.See Pete Johnson's Articles