Tied-House Exception Bill Held

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Held for further study in the Assembly following Senate passage, S.B. 1426 seeks to establish a new tied-house exception that authorizes, until January 1, 2022, a person who does not hold an ownership interest in more than five California on-sale retail licenses, to be compensated by an alcoholic beverage supplier for promotional or marketing services. The California Craft Brewers association opposes the bill as written due to concerns that it would allow manufacturers to engage in pay-to-play practices.

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