Senate Bill 888 establishes the Task Force to Study the Issuance of Beer and Wine Licenses to Chain Stores. The task force must study (1) the costs, benefits, and feasibility of issuing beer and wine licenses to chain stores; (2) how other states have implemented similar legislation; and (3) any other issues that the task force considers relevant. In addition, the task force must (1) make recommendations regarding the issuance of beer and wine licenses to chain stores and (2) report its findings and recommendations to the Governor and the General Assembly by December 31, 2016.
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