Passing the House in an amended version, Senate Joint Resolution 68 has been sent to a House-Senate conference committee to work out the differences. Among other provisions, SJR 68 would prohibit any common ownership between the manufacturing, wholesaling and retailing tiers. The bill stipulates that a brewery may, following adoption of this provision, maintain or obtain licenses to distribute beer to no more than two territories within the state, also known as brewery-owned branches. However, the brewery must divest itself of all brewery-owned branches within five years and any brewery-owned branch in operation on the date of adoption of this provision may not expand its distribution territory beyond the distribution territory that was in effect on the date the provision is adopted.
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