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The Illinois Legislature Is Taking Aim At Anhueser-Busch, WEDCO & City Beverage – UPDATED

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***UPDATE*** A companion bill has been filed in the Illinois House, mirroring the legislation introduced a week-and-a-half ago in the Illinois Senate. State Representative Frank Mautino (D-Spring Valley), who sponsored the “Craft Brewer Act” in 2011, is the lead sponsor of HB 2606. Mautino is joined by nearly 40 co-sponsors – and counting Neither bill has been assigned to a …

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Indiana May Be Next State To Recognize Craft Distillers – UPDATED

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***UPDATE*** Lawmakers in the Indiana House of Representatives voted 91-8-1 in favor of the legislation. The bill now moves to the Indiana Senate. ***END UPDATE*** We know lawmakers in Indiana have bent over backwards to help craft brewers in the state. Now they’re looking to help out – and recognize – craft distillers. House Bill 1293, which was introduced last …

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Growler Legislation Introduced Again In Michigan

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A proposal to allow growler fills at bars and restaurants in Michigan is back on the front burner. At the start of the new year the Michigan legislature was wiped clean; new and returning members automatically took office and the cache was cleared on all the bills that were introduced over the last two years that didn’t become law. The …

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Beer Politics: Two Beverage Industry Related Bills On The Move In IL House

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The Illinois legislature is due back in Springfield tomorrow for the second week of the fall veto session, with a pair of beverage industry related pieces of legislation inching closer to a vote. The first is a controversial proposal pushed by State Representative Esther Golar (D-Chicago). The bill (SB 1531) would give the Local Liquor Control Commission in Chicago the …

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Legislation To Help MI Beer & Liquor Retailers Clears First Hurdle

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A bill that would require the Michigan Liquor Control Commission to issue a conditional liquor license to retailers who are waiting for their full application to be approved recently passed the Michigan House and awaits action in the Senate. The Michigan legislature is back today after an extended break. The bill, while admittedly devoid of bells and whistles, would be …

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Growler Fill Bill Introduced In MI Senate

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Being big fans of beer produced in the Mitten state, we like to check in on legislative happenings there on occasion and happened across a bill that caught our eye; Senate Bill 1290. The legislation would allow for growler fills at more establishments in Michigan, something we – and I would suspect the vast majority of us craft beer fans …