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.
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