It is one of the bills introduced but I do not believe it has been passed by either house.
There are several bills introduced that would benefit craft brewers but then there is the poison pill bill introduced by the wholesalers that will cut off the right of brewers to sell their distribution rights and fix prices. Personally I don't see any of the legislation getting passed.
Can you explain "fix prices" a bit more?
In my state, I must sell all wholesale beer at the same price to every account. Once we get our taproom open, I can charge whatever I want to, to whomever.
Is that what you mean?
Yeah, whatever price you wholesale is the price all accounts enjoy. I'm not sure what state you're in but in Texas it's more expensive to send beer across the state than smaller states, so a brewery either has to not sell beyond a limited market or raise prices locally to maintain profit margins by averaging out the cost to send beer to all markets in the state. There's no discounting beer for preferred accounts, etc. Of course, there's also no taprooms allowed. Breweries here have to sell glasses with the tour and offer free samples to fill it and it kind of gets around the law but when you're selling 5-6 12oz pours for $5-10 you're not making anywhere near what you could selling each pour at taproom prices.
It's not the kind of regulation you would expect out of a very conservative state like Texas but for all the drum beating here about hands off government it's actually a much more corrupt version of conservatism that says hands off, unless it helps me make money. Here, the wholesalers have imbalanced control over the market and they are the sole advocates and beneficiaries of the proposed legislation. Even AB InBev's people spoke against the bill.