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Title: Homebrew Legalization
Post by: Gary Glass on January 21, 2010, 06:41:30 PM
The AHA is currently working with homebrewers in AL, MS, and OK on homebrew legalization in 2010, check out my blog post on www.HomebrewersAssociation.org for more information.

For the latest update on Government Affairs issues in the beer world, see the Brewers Association’s January Government Affairs update at www.brewersassociation.org/pages/government-affairs/monthly-legal-brief.

Gary Glass
Director
American Homebrewers Association
Title: Re: Homebrew Legalization
Post by: denny on January 21, 2010, 06:44:07 PM
Thanks for the update, Gary.
Title: Re: Homebrew Legalization
Post by: BrewArk on January 21, 2010, 07:15:20 PM
Go team!  If the legislators aren't going to fix the budget, at least they can work on protecting our freedom to homebrew (better than here in CA where they are looking for more things to outlaw like skiing without helmets).
Title: Re: Homebrew Legalization
Post by: deepsouth on January 21, 2010, 08:05:15 PM
Bills to legalize homebrewing in the State of Mississippi have been introduced. They have both been referred to Committee. Now is the time to contact your Representatives and Senators concerning the Bills. Legalizing homebrewing in Mississippi has a real shot at passing with everyone’s help.

The Bills have been introduced by Senator Baria (SB 2717) and Representative Moak (HB 732). The contact info of the Chair and Vice Chair of the Committees that the bills have been referred to are listed below. Written letter and phone calls are more persuasive than emails.

House Bill 732 has been Referred to the Ways and Means Committee:

Chair:
Percy W. Watson
P. O. Box 1018
Jackson, MS 39215
(601)544-6490 (H)
(601)545-1051 (W)
pwatson@house.ms.gov

Vice Chair:
David Norquist
P. O. Box 1018
Jackson, MS 39215
(662)843-9183 (H)
(662)843-6171 (W)
dnorquist@house.ms.gov

Senate Bill SB 2717 has been referred to the Finance Committee.

Chair:
Dean Kirby
Room: 215 C
P. O. Box 1018
Jackson, MS 39215
(601)359-3246
(601)932-1966 (H)
(601)939-5968 (W)
dkirby@senate.ms.gov

Vice Chair:
Eugene Clarke
Room: 405 D
P. O. Box 1018
Jackson, MS 39215
(601)359-3172
(662)827-7261 (W)
(662)827-7264 (F)
bclarke@senate.ms.gov

Of course, talking with any of the member on either Committee would be helpful, especially if they are Representatives or Senators from your area. In addition,
contacting your local Representatives and Senators and letting them know
where you stand will help when the Bills come out of Committee. Please be polite and professional.

Here is a link to find your local officials:

http://www.congress.org/congressorg/dbq/officials/
http://www.capitolconnect.com/demoassoc1/legislatorsearch.aspx

This is time sensitive - we need to get the word out fast and clear.
Title: Re: Homebrew Legalization
Post by: rep on January 22, 2010, 02:17:08 PM
deepsouth provides some great info on how to lobby your legislator.  And BTW, when a constituent contacts them, it does make a difference.  When many do, it has an impact.

When I served in the Wisconsin legislature I kept track of who was contacting me on what issue.  People living in my district would often get a telephone call from me to discuss the issue.  Understand something...legislators do not hear from tons of people so when they do, ears perk up.

Whatever you do though, I would caution you about mentioning anything about how you voted for them, or, that you would do so if they supported your issue.  Threats never worked for me one way or the other.

Good luck.  I know how difficult it is to change the law regarding alcohol.  There are so many deep rooted special interest groups out there that want to protect what they have.
Title: Re: Homebrew Legalization
Post by: Gary Glass on January 28, 2010, 10:58:56 PM
We have recently sent Action Alerts to the AHA Members in Mississippi and Oklahoma with instructions on how homebrewers can help get the homebrew bills in those states passed.  Given that not every homebrewer in those states is an AHA member you can help the cause, by forwarding the appropriate link below to anyone you know in those states who would be sympathetic to our cause.

Mississippi: http://www.beertown.org/email/sylb/MSJan_10.htm

Oklahoma: http://www.beertown.org/email/sylb/OKJan_10.htm

Hopefully, we'll have an Alert to send to Alabama residents soon.  Waiting on a vote in the Senate Tourism & Marketing Committee now - the same bill has passed this committee in previous years, so we're really more concerned with promoting the bill after it clears committee.

Cheers!
Title: Re: Homebrew Legalization
Post by: dean on January 30, 2010, 04:26:31 PM
Is anything happening with legalizing shipping of homebrew?  It sure would knock the edge off any worries.
Title: Re: Homebrew Legalization
Post by: denny on January 30, 2010, 04:43:50 PM
Yes, we're working on it and it's getting closer all the time.  Gary gave the GC an update recently, but couldn't say too much and I can tell you even less.  But I assure you it's a priority for us and we have some good people working with us on it.  Keep in mind, though, that when you're dealing with the federal gov't., things don't happen quickly.
Title: Re: Homebrew Legalization
Post by: dean on January 31, 2010, 03:26:25 PM
It will be Sweet when we can ship via the US Post Office!  I have to drive 20 miles to the nearest UPS store now and FedEx is another 10 miles further... the post office is just a little over a mile away.   :)  And then there are the flat rate boxes... could possibly ship close to a 12 pack maybe for the price we're already paying!   ;D

When I shipped a water sample recently, the post office clerk told me the only thing they cared about was that a liquid would be contained if the primary container leaked, so I put the plastic soda bottle inside a foodsaver bag and vacuum sealed it... they were happy with it.   :)
Title: Re: Homebrew Legalization
Post by: deepsouth on February 03, 2010, 07:20:14 PM
update:

all bills died in committee in MIssissippi.
Title: Re: Homebrew Legalization
Post by: denny on February 03, 2010, 07:32:19 PM
AAAAARRRRRRRGGGGGGHHHHHH!!!!!!
Title: Re: Homebrew Legalization
Post by: bluesman on February 03, 2010, 07:39:43 PM
 >:(
Title: Re: Homebrew Legalization
Post by: redbeerman on February 03, 2010, 08:00:11 PM
Politics vs. common sense.  Oy.
Title: Re: Homebrew Legalization
Post by: Gary Glass on February 03, 2010, 11:31:24 PM
Good news in Oklahoma: HB 2348 was passed today by the Oklahoma House Economic Development and Financial Services Committee by a margin of 12-1.  Now we wait for it to be scheduled for a vote before the full House.

Looks like the Senate log jam in Alabama may be clearing, hopefully that will result in the Senate Tourism and Marketing Committee voting on the Alabama homebrew bill (they passed it last year).

Mississippi: Big bummer.  As I understand it, a single Senator managed to kill pretty much all of the alcohol bills, including homebrew legalization and increasing allowable alcohol in beer sold in the state, by blocking them from getting through his committee.

I'm cautiously optimistic that we will get some movement on a homebrew shipping bill this session.  It seems to be headed in the right direction at the moment.
Title: Re: Homebrew Legalization
Post by: tygo on February 04, 2010, 02:51:58 AM
If the Senator from Mississippi that killed the bill is known posting his name would be helpful for Mississippi residents.  Just in case they want to factor that in next time they head to the polls.
Title: Re: Homebrew Legalization
Post by: tygo on February 04, 2010, 03:05:06 AM
Quote
If the Senator from Mississippi that killed the bill is known posting his name would be helpful for Mississippi residents.  Just in case they want to factor that in next time they head to the polls. 

Would you really not vote for a person based solely on their voting record related to alcohol bills?

Nope.  But if I was roughly 50/50 between two candidates it would be something to consider.
Title: Re: Homebrew Legalization
Post by: rabid_dingo on February 04, 2010, 06:13:04 AM
Just a quick thanks to Gary and the AHA and all those involved. And Thanks for the update.
Title: Re: Homebrew Legalization
Post by: Beertracker on February 04, 2010, 06:47:55 AM
We're very excited in Oklahoma to win the first round. The only negative part of HB2348 is that it looks to put a stop to internet sales & shipping of alcohol into the state. >:(   
Title: Re: Homebrew Legalization
Post by: denny on February 04, 2010, 04:28:29 PM
Thanks for the updates, Gary.
Title: Re: Homebrew Legalization
Post by: dbeechum on February 04, 2010, 05:31:21 PM
We're very excited in Oklahoma to win the first round. The only negative part of HB2348 is that it looks to put a stop to internet sales & shipping of alcohol into the state. >:(   

Ahh, the law, she gives and she taketh away...

The sales and shipping bit I assume kills all alcohol including wine? Might be a response to the decision a few years back that you couldn't ban everything but wine.
Title: Re: Homebrew Legalization
Post by: Gary Glass on February 04, 2010, 09:59:17 PM
Jeff, I'm not sure where you get that HB 2348 does anything other than add beer to the list of beverages that can be legally produced for personal use. I just looked at the Oklahoma government website and it shows that the bill was not amended.  The document they show as being passed on to the Floor is: http://webserver1.lsb.state.ok.us/2009-10bills/HB/HB2348_hflr.rtf.  The bill shows the existing code with additions to the code underlined (adds the word beer in a couple of places) and subtractions with strike-through text (the word "of").  Anything else in the bill text is the statute as it is currently written.

Rep. Schwartz did consider adding language that would mirror the Federal statute authorizing beer made for personal use that specifically allows for homebrew to be serve at events and competitions, but decide that leaving it as a parity issue (i.e. granting beer made for personal use the same exemption from taxation that wine and cider already enjoy) would make passage of the bill more likely.

Gary
Title: Re: Homebrew Legalization
Post by: Gary Glass on February 17, 2010, 09:24:27 PM
You can find the Brewers Association's latest legislative update on the world of beer at: www.brewersassociation.org/pages/government-affairs/monthly-legal-brief.

For those of you in Alabama, keep up the pressure on the Senate Rules Committee to get a hearing for SB153!  To see the Action Alert with the details on what to do, go to http://www.beertown.org/email/sylb/AL2_10_2010.htm.
 
Title: Re: Homebrew Legalization
Post by: casey1111 on February 24, 2010, 07:47:36 PM
Alabama's SB153 Homebrew Legalization bill passed the Senate yesterday.  Now (whenever..), it goes to the House for a vote.

More Info here (http://www.freethehops.org/blog/2010/02/homebrewing-legalisation-passes-senate/)

(note: url links to freethehops.org.  Free The Hops is .not. affiliated with this bill other than supporting its passage)
Title: Re: Homebrew Legalization
Post by: Gary Glass on February 24, 2010, 10:20:23 PM
Congrats to the Alabama homebrewers, it took a lot of calls, faxes, letters, etc., but it paid off!  Now we get to start over again in the House.

See my blog on Tuesday's action in the Alabama Senate: http://bit.ly/aU7bkJ or you can find it on the home page of HomebrewersAssociation.org.

Also in our sights: Oklahoma, Michigan (to allow homebrew to be served at events at breweries), and potentially Louisiana. 

In Mississippi, homebrewers are already looking to start educating legislators on our craft in preparation for the 2011 legislative session.  Now that's dedication!

More to come...
Title: Re: Homebrew Legalization
Post by: deepsouth on February 25, 2010, 04:33:27 PM
In Mississippi, homebrewers are already looking to start educating legislators on our craft in preparation for the 2011 legislative session.  Now that's dedication!

More to come...



unfortunately, it's hard to educate a tee-totaler that sees nothing but evil in any form of alcohol and would rather see it be completely abolished rather than expanded on.
Title: Re: Homebrew Legalization
Post by: deepsouth on February 25, 2010, 05:03:51 PM
i filed a complaint with the aclu.  not sure what that will do, but they told me to file one.
Title: Re: Homebrew Legalization
Post by: Gary Glass on March 01, 2010, 10:45:19 PM
The AHA sent out three Action Alerts this morning to members in Alabama, Oklahoma and Michigan.

In Alabama, the bill to legalize homebrewing, SB 153, is to be heard by the Travel and Tourism Committee in the House this Wednesday.  The bill has already passed the Senate.  Alabama residents should check out the Alert at www.beertown.org/email/sylb/AL2_26_2010.htm for instructions on how they can help.  Send the link to anyone you know if Alabama who will support the cause of legalizing homebrewing.

In Oklahoma, it's looking like the homebrew legalization bill HB 2348 could be going to a vote before the Full House sometime this week at the earliest.  See www.beertown.org/email/sylb/OK_2_26_2010.htm for the Alert we sent.  If the bill passes the House, it will then move on to the Senate.  Spread the word to anyone you know in Oklahoma.

In Michigan, HB 5613 has a public hearing scheduled before the Michigan Liquor Control Commission.  The bill would allow for homebrew to be served at licensed breweries in the state for homebrew club meetings and homebrew competitions (it is currently illegal to serve homebrew at licensed breweries).  In order for this bill to move forward, the LCC needs to be convinced to support it.  Michigan residents can find instructions on what they can do to help at www.beertown.org/email/sylb/MI_2_26_2010.htm.

For those of you who live outside of those states, the best thing you can do to help is to spread the word to anyone you know in those states.  It could actually be detrimental to these efforts to have non-residents calling legislators.  So even if you are so inclined, it's best not to make calls to legislators on issues in other states.

Thanks to all of the homebrewers in Alabama, Michigan and Oklahoma who have already done so much to move these bills forward, your efforts are paying off!

Gary
Title: Re: Homebrew Legalization
Post by: gail on March 02, 2010, 01:27:38 AM
Gary--are you able to address in this forum the "wording" issues the LCC is having with the Michigan legislation as you alluded to in your email?  I'm curious if there are particular sticking points or just a generalized lack of support from them as I'd like to focus on that in my contact to them.  If this isn't the best use of Forum space then is there clarification that can be emailed to the Michigan homebrewers?
Much thanks,
Gail
Title: Re: Homebrew Legalization
Post by: Beertracker on March 04, 2010, 05:22:45 AM
FYI... HB2348 to legalize homebrewing in Oklahoma passed the house this morning by a vote of 76 to 19. Now it's headed to the senate where we've already found a favorable sponsor. As they say, "One down, one to go...!"  Keeping fingers crossed while gripping 'illicit' pint of homebrew!  :P

OFALR (Oklahomans for Alcohol Law Reform)
http://ofalr.com/?p=248 (http://ofalr.com/?p=248)
Title: Re: Homebrew Legalization
Post by: bayoubrew on March 05, 2010, 08:50:36 PM
Also in our sights: Oklahoma, Michigan (to allow homebrew to be served at events at breweries), and potentially Louisiana.

Louisiana is doing better than just a "potentially" ;).
I have a House sponsor for the bill and the support of the Beer League of Louisiana (wholesalers) and the ATC Commissioner.  The bill to make homebrewing expressly legal (no wording for exemptions in current law), allow transport and tasting at organized events, and to allow serving homebrew at licensed establishments is currently being drafted.  The only concern from the ATC is that allowing for entry fees into events where homebrew is served must be carefully worded to state that the homebrewers receive none of the funds.  He also wants event permits for events where homebrew will be served so that they can be aware of it.  Both are minor issues in my opinion and will require careful wording by the people who do that kind of thing.  The bill should be drafted by the end of next week and filed shortly after that.  I will keep everyone updated about when to contact your reps and the committee members who will be reviewing the bill.  Let's keep the momentum moving.

Cheers,
Mike
Title: Re: Homebrew Legalization
Post by: denny on March 05, 2010, 09:01:16 PM
Boy, all this is really good news!
Title: Re: Homebrew Legalization
Post by: bayoubrew on March 16, 2010, 07:06:28 PM
HB503 http://www.legis.state.la.us/billdata/streamdocument.asp?did=684299 (http://www.legis.state.la.us/billdata/streamdocument.asp?did=684299) has been filed in Louisiana.  La. residents should contact Rep. Cedric Richmond (504)242-4198 who is the chair of the Judiciary Commitee to let him know that we would like to see this bill read at the Committee's earliest meeting, and that we support moving the bill on to a full floor vote.

Cheers,
Mike
Title: Re: Homebrew Legalization
Post by: Gary Glass on March 29, 2010, 11:10:44 PM
The Oklahoma homebrew bill passed the Senate Business and Labor committee today.  Next stop is the Senate floor for a vote before the full Senate.  The current bill has been amended to clean up the language a bit, so if it does pass the Senate, it will still need to go back to the House for a vote on the amended version (the bill's House sponsor is cool with the amendment, so that shouldn't be a problem, so long as it's not further amended before it passes the Senate).

The Brewers Association's March Government Affairs updates for the beer world are available at http://www.brewersassociation.org/pages/government-affairs/monthly-legal-brief.

Cheers!
Gary Glass
Title: Re: Homebrew Legalization
Post by: Gary Glass on April 08, 2010, 09:15:58 PM
The Oklahoma homebrew legalization bill will likely come up for Senate vote soon, maybe as early as tomorrow Fri 4/9 or early next week. OK residents, check out the AHA Action Alert at http://bit.ly/dDpHd8. Send it on to anyone you know in OK who would support this cause.  Contacts from non-residents could be detrimental to the cause, so please leave this to OK residents.

Thanks to everyone who has contacted their legislators on this issue to date, your calls and emails helped get the bill through the House and Senate Business and Labor Committee.

A homebrew bill has been filed in Louisiana this year as well (homebrewing is not statutorily recognized in LA and is questionably legal there).  The original version of the bill was fairly restrictive, but the bill's sponsors are working to revise it to make it more favorable for homebrewers.  I'll pass along more on that as I know more.

Looks like the Alabama homebrew bill is dead for this year.  Though it managed to pass the Senate this year (beyond most people's expectations), the bill has not been brought up for a vote in the House Travel and Tourism Committee and is unlikely to be given a hearing at this point.  Though it is very unlikely that homebrewing will be legalized in Alabama this year, much progress has been made in educating legislators about homebrewing, and I think there is a very good chance of passing a homebrew bill there next year.

Cheers!
Gary
Title: Re: Homebrew Legalization
Post by: Gary Glass on April 21, 2010, 10:22:58 PM
The Okalahoma homebrew legalization bill, HB 2348, passed the Senate today 45 to 3!  This is a huge step towards legalizing homebrewing in the state.  The bill was slightly amended in Senate committee, simply to make the language conform to existing alcohol regulations, which means it does need to go back to the House for a vote on the amended version, but given that it has already passed the House, and the House sponsor approves of the amendments it is likely to pass the House again.  (Though I've learned not to take anything for granted in the legislative process.) 

Bill is at http://webserver1.lsb.state.ok.us/2009-10bills/SB/hb2348%20pcs.doc.

For Oklahoma residence, now would be a good time to contact your representative and remind them to support HB 2348 when it comes up for a vote again in the House.  You can find contact info for your district's rep at http://www.capitolconnect.com/demoassoc1/legislatorsearch.aspx.

Looks like we may have a positive development in Louisiana as well.  Representatives from some Louisiana homebrew clubs met with sponsors of a bill seeking to statutorily recognize homebrewing in Louisiana yesterday.  Hopefully a bill that will be good for the state's homebrewers will emerge.  It seems to be moving in the right direction at the moment.
Title: Re: Homebrew Legalization
Post by: lostralph on April 21, 2010, 10:50:38 PM
I'm very happy to hear that since I am in Oklahoma.  In fact I'm drinking some homebrew right now to celebrate  ;D .  My thanks goes out to everyone who has worked to help get this law in motion, and keep it moving through all the legislative hoops.
Title: Re: Homebrew Legalization
Post by: Gary Glass on April 27, 2010, 08:47:11 PM
The Oklahoma homebrew bill, HB 2348 is going back to House for final vote. The bill passed the Senate last week, but was amended in committee to clean up some of the language, so it must go back to the House for a vote on the amended version. The bill could come up for a House vote at any time now.

Once it passes the House, the Governor has 5 days to sign or veto the bill.

See the action alert at http://bit.ly/bb4Cuo

Looking forward to celebrating legal homebrewing in Oklahoma!  Almost there!
Title: Re: Homebrew Legalization
Post by: dean on April 27, 2010, 08:55:36 PM


Also in our sights: Oklahoma, Michigan (to allow homebrew to be served at events at breweries), and potentially Louisiana. 



More to come...


What is going on with that?  I looked up pending bills in Michigan and couldn't find any mention of it nor anything about lowering taxes per barrel for breweries, only a mention that the taxes have been the same since the 1960's if I remember right.
Title: Re: Homebrew Legalization
Post by: Gary Glass on May 05, 2010, 07:34:58 PM
The Oklahoma House passed the Senate-amended version of HB 2348 today, meaning the homebrew legalization bill has cleared the legislature.  It now goes to the Governor to sign or veto.  We're now just one step away from legalizing homebrewing in Oklahoma!
Title: Re: Homebrew Legalization
Post by: bonjour on May 05, 2010, 07:58:34 PM
Awesome!!!!!
Title: Re: Homebrew Legalization
Post by: denny on May 05, 2010, 09:05:04 PM
YEAH!
Title: Re: Homebrew Legalization
Post by: rjharper on May 05, 2010, 11:05:04 PM
I was just getting used to being an outlaw... Seriously though, that awesome news.  Brad Henry (D) is supposed to be fairly centrist, so with a bit of luck we should be good to go.
Title: Re: Homebrew Legalization
Post by: Gary Glass on May 06, 2010, 07:01:13 PM
Oklahoma residents call Governor Brad Henry and ask that he sign HB2348 to legalize homebrewing in OK.  The bill could hit his desk as soon as tomorrow!

See the AHA Action Alert at http://bit.ly/bVzLXh

Thanks!
Gary
Title: Re: Homebrew Legalization
Post by: Gary Glass on May 18, 2010, 10:04:30 PM
We sent an Action Alert to Louisiana residents today in support of HB1484, which if passed will allow homebrew in licensed establishments, such as pubs, breweries and restaurants for homebrew events, club meetings, competitions etc.  This bill is a vastly improved substitute for HB503 which was introduced earlier this year. 

The Louisiana Alcohol and Tobacco Commission consider homebrewing to be legal based on the federal homebrew law, but according to the ATC, it is currently not legal to serve unlicensed alcoholic beverages at licensed establishments.

See http://bit.ly/duFbBp for the Action Alert.
Title: Re: Homebrew Legalization
Post by: Gary Glass on June 01, 2010, 05:18:37 PM
Louisiana homebrewers support HB1484 to allow homebrew for club meetings, competitions, and events at pubs, breweries, and other licensed facilities.  The bill has been passed by the Louisiana House and is now in the Senate Judiciary B Committee. See the AHA Action Alert at http://sylb.org/action-alerts/LA_5.28.htm for details.
Title: Re: Homebrew Legalization
Post by: denny on June 01, 2010, 05:42:06 PM
One more step!
Title: Re: Homebrew Legalization
Post by: Gary Glass on June 09, 2010, 11:29:32 PM
Louisiana homebrew bill HB1484, to allow homebrew for club meetings, competitions, and events at pubs, breweries, and other licensed facilities, passed a Senate Judiciary B Committee hearing yesterday. It now moves on to the full Senate for a vote.  We encourage Louisiana residents to contact the state Senator for their district and ask them to support this bill. See the AHA Action Alert at http://bit.ly/b9WTXv for details.
Title: Re: Homebrew Legalization
Post by: hambone on June 10, 2010, 05:07:35 PM
That is such great news! I have been calling and writing representitives and senators all along the way. I have already written and called Senator Donahue today and can only hope and pray that this bill gets passed. I already have two establishments waiting on these results, ready to celebrate by having local homebrew tastings! Thank you Gary for keeping us updated.
Title: Re: Homebrew Legalization
Post by: Gary Glass on June 17, 2010, 02:12:27 PM
Louisiana homebrew bill HB1484, to allow homebrew for club meetings, competitions, and events at pubs, breweries, and other licensed facilities, passed the Senate yesterday by unanimous vote. The bill was slightly amended in Senate committee and so needs to go back to the House for a vote on the amended version.  Once the House re-passes the bill, it will move on to the Governor's office.

Cheers from the National Homebrewers Conference!
Gary Glass
AHA Director
Title: Re: Homebrew Legalization
Post by: Gary Glass on June 18, 2010, 03:25:17 PM
Louisiana House unanimously passed the Senate-amended version of homebrew bill HB1484 this morning.  It now moves on to the Governor to sign or veto.  If it becomes law, it will allow homebrew for club meetings, competitions, and events to be served at pubs, breweries, and other licensed facilities, passed the Senate yesterday by unanimous vote.

Hope you are reading this from the totally awesome National Homebrewers Conference in Minneapolis.

Cheers!
Gary Glass
AHA Director
Title: Re: Homebrew Legalization
Post by: denny on June 18, 2010, 03:49:57 PM
Louisiana House unanimously passed the Senate-amended version of homebrew bill HB1484 this morning.  It now moves on to the Governor to sign or veto.  If it becomes law, it will allow homebrew for club meetings, competitions, and events to be served at pubs, breweries, and other licensed facilities, passed the Senate yesterday by unanimous vote.

Hope you are reading this from the totally awesome National Homebrewers Conference in Minneapolis.

Cheers!
Gary Glass
AHA Director

Why, yes, I am reading this from the totally awesome conference!  Way to go AHA and Louisiana homebrewers!  Now we just need to get something similar for Oregon.
Title: Re: Homebrew Legalization
Post by: Gary Glass on July 07, 2010, 11:33:08 PM
Louisiana homebrew bill HB1484, to allow homebrew for club meetings, competitions, and events at pubs, breweries, and other licensed facilities, was signed by Governor Jindal July 6.  Congrats to all of the Louisiana homebrewers and everyone else who contributed to make that happen this year. 
Title: Re: Homebrew Legalization
Post by: bonjour on July 08, 2010, 12:27:54 AM
Well Done
Title: Re: Homebrew Legalization
Post by: dhacker on July 08, 2010, 01:03:08 AM
Indeed . . well done!

Lord knows Louisiana could use some/ any good news these days.
Title: Re: Homebrew Legalization
Post by: bluesman on July 08, 2010, 01:07:52 AM
Excellent news!
Title: Re: Homebrew Legalization
Post by: Hokerer on July 08, 2010, 01:34:51 AM
Congratulations
Title: Re: Homebrew Legalization
Post by: boulderbrewer on July 08, 2010, 03:01:00 AM
I see the NHC in N' Orleans in 2012 or 2013! Sounds like great fun! Congrats to all that busted thier butt for this.

Cheers to y'all!
Title: Re: Homebrew Legalization
Post by: bayoubrew on July 12, 2010, 10:57:36 AM
Louisiana homebrew bill HB1484, to allow homebrew for club meetings, competitions, and events at pubs, breweries, and other licensed facilities, was signed by Governor Jindal July 6.  Congrats to all of the Louisiana homebrewers and everyone else who contributed to make that happen this year. 

Yep, a big thank you to all of the La. homebrewers who were involved, the bill sponsors, the ATC and wholesalers for their input, and to Gary for all of his help.  It was a lot of work, but the pay-off is worth it.
Title: Re: Homebrew Legalization
Post by: deepsouth on July 21, 2010, 08:29:21 PM
nhc in nola would rock.  would be there for sure!
Title: Re: Homebrew Legalization
Post by: bluesman on July 21, 2010, 08:31:30 PM
nhc in nola would rock.  would be there for sure!

+a million on that. I love Nawlins!