Live-Blogging The Legislature (April 19th)

In Beer Politics by Ryan

Today is the deadline to pass bills out of the Illinois House. State Representative Frank Mautino (D-Spring Valley) pledged HB 2606 would be called for a vote by the 19th, so today is the day.

For those of you just joining us, the legislation would prohibit a brewer from owning a distributor in Illinois. This bill, even though it hasn’t been voted on by either chamber, has already caused Anheuser-Busch to agree to sell its ownership interest in wholesaler City Beverage by 2015 – as laid out in the proposed legislation.

The concession comes five months after the Illinois liquor Control Commission voted to allow AB to retain its 30-percent ownership interest in City Beverage, ending a years long dispute over whether the Illinois Liquor Control Act permits a brewer to own a distributor.ilcapitol

12:51 pm

HB 2606 passes 103-0-0.

12:51 pm


12:50 pm

State Rep David Leitch: “the last time we passed this bill (SB754), it went out of here unanimously, I recommend we send it out of here unanimously again.”

12:49 pm

Harris also asks about small brewer self-distribution rights. Mautino says HB 2606 has NO impact on self-distribution.

12:48 pm

State Rep David Harris quizzing Mautino on past legislative intent and why a brewer shouldn’t own a distributor.

12:47 pm

Mautino retracing steps of the previously passed Craft Brewer Act and how IL Liquor Control Commission ignored the intended public policy prohibiting a brewer from owning a distributor.

12:46 pm

State Rep Frank Mautino (D-Spring Valley) presenting, “out of state brewers are prohibited from holding a distributors license.”

12:45 pm

And HB 2606 is up…


12:45 pm

Speaker says there are still 40 bills to be voted on before the House closes up shop for the day. HB 2606 is one of those 40.

11:40 am

Up to 73 sponsors/co-sponsors. Now all we need is for the bill to be called for a vote…

10:54 am

HB 2606 now has a veto-proof majority of sponsors and co-sponsors, 71 and – apparently – still counting.

10:29 am

Homebrew legislation bill sponsor, State Rep Keith Farnham’s (D-Elgin) support, makes it an even 70.

9:59 am

69 lawmakers now signed on in support of HB 2606…

9:22 am

It takes 60 yes votes to pass a bill out of the House. 71 votes = a veto-proof majority.

9:20 am

Support continues to build for the bill. There are now 68 lawmakers signed on as sponsors/co-sponsors of HB 2606.

9:20 am

The House gaveled in at 8:30 and has been burning through bills, so we are going to crank this up in anticipation of HB 2606 being called for a vote soon.


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Equal parts beer nerd and policy geek, Ryan is now the curator of the Guys Drinking Beer cellar. The skills he once used to dig through the annals of state government as a political reporter are now put to use offering unique takes on barrel-aged stouts, years-old barleywines and 10 + year verticals.

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