Substituted in committee, H.B. 1920 prohibits beer brewers or importers from: requiring a distributor to gather or submit certain information for brands not brewed or imported by the brewer or importer; mandating hiring decisions or payment rates or incentives of distributors; requiring a distributor to pay advertising or marketing funds to the brewer or importer, unless otherwise agreed upon in writing; initiating an electronic funds transfer payment for any products exceeding a specified order, forecast or inventory level or including in an invoice charges for anything other than beer, freight, fuel, cooperage, dunnage, pallets and related deposits; initiating an electronic funds transfer payment for point-of-sale advertising specialties or other items, unless otherwise agreed upon in writing; attributing risk of loss, ownership or other financial interest for beer not in the distributor’s possession; or requiring a distributor to use or pay for any software owned or mandated by the brewer or importer. However, a distributor may be required to maintain date in a format compatible with standards used by a brewer or importer.
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