Approved by the Governor, H.B. 4961 amends the Michigan Liquor Control Code to prohibit manufacturers of alcohol from requesting, requiring, or prohibiting certain actions of distributors, including the production of financial records. The legislation is meant to address a concern that large breweries are participating in anti-competitive practices by changing the terms in equity agreements and threatening to mark wholesalers out of compliance if they object.
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.See Pete's Articles