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Title: Kansas Homebrewers - CALL TO ACTION - Another Attempt at Law Changes
Post by: AmandaK on February 03, 2014, 07:33:39 PM
Several clubs in Kansas are banding together to push for homebrew law changes in the State. Please, we need your help to contact your representative to gain their support for House Substitute for HB2223. We tried to push this bill through last year and will push harder this year.

This is the BA press release for the 2014 Bill: http://www.craftbeer.com/action-alerts/attention-kansas-homebrewers-2 (http://www.craftbeer.com/action-alerts/attention-kansas-homebrewers-2)

Things we cannot do in Kansas:

We are aiming to get these things changed. Why? Because we love homebrew and want to share it!

A lot of you know that I am getting married at the end of this year. You know what's illegal for me? I cannot serve my fiance the beer that we brew together as we do not meet the legal definition of 'immediate family'. How ludicrous is that? We brew together, but I cannot serve it to him. Ridiculous.

We also cannot host competitions. This is not a huge issue for my club, as we reside on the State Line and can jump to Missouri, but it is a huge deal for all of the homebrewers in the middle of the state who just want a little feedback on their beers.

I urge those of you who are Kansas residents to contact your Representative and help change the laws!

Find your representatives here by your address: http://openkansas.org/ (http://openkansas.org/)
Title: Re: Kansas Homebrewers - CALL TO ACTION - Another Attempt at Law Changes
Post by: AmandaK on February 03, 2014, 07:56:25 PM
Post for update to the status of this bill from the lobbyist:

House leadership says bill will likely be up for vote on Tuesday (tomorrow). Please keep contacting your reps!
Title: Re: Kansas Homebrewers - CALL TO ACTION - Another Attempt at Law Changes
Post by: Gary Glass on February 03, 2014, 08:38:54 PM
Indeed, it seems the bill is going to move fast.  It must be passed by the House, which sounds like it will vote on it tomorrow, in order to move on to the Senate.
Title: Re: Kansas Homebrewers - CALL TO ACTION - Another Attempt at Law Changes
Post by: AmandaK on February 03, 2014, 08:52:04 PM
Gary, thank you for sending out an action alert. I was pleased to see that in my inbox. :)
Title: Re: Kansas Homebrewers - CALL TO ACTION - Another Attempt at Law Changes
Post by: HoosierBrew on February 03, 2014, 08:54:19 PM
A perfect example of the real value of AHA membership.
Title: Re: Kansas Homebrewers - CALL TO ACTION - Another Attempt at Law Changes
Post by: AmandaK on February 03, 2014, 08:57:27 PM
A perfect example of the real value of AHA membership.

Amen!
Title: Re: Kansas Homebrewers - CALL TO ACTION - Another Attempt at Law Changes
Post by: duboman on February 03, 2014, 08:57:59 PM
Hope it goes through as an Alum of the JayHawk Nation! And.......Congratulations on your upcoming marriage Amanda!
Title: Re: Kansas Homebrewers - CALL TO ACTION - Another Attempt at Law Changes
Post by: udubdawg on February 03, 2014, 11:52:14 PM
I may or may not have had lunch with Amanda/broken some laws by delivering some homebrew entries to her today...
 
C'mon Kansas, let's fix this...
Title: Re: Kansas Homebrewers - CALL TO ACTION - Another Attempt at Law Changes
Post by: AmandaK on February 04, 2014, 12:50:48 PM
Session was canceled today due to snow, will be voted on tomorrow (Wednesday) now.
Title: Re: Kansas Homebrewers - CALL TO ACTION - Another Attempt at Law Changes
Post by: Gary Glass on February 05, 2014, 07:44:22 PM
From what I heard, Thursday is the likely day for a vote, so still time to contact representatives before the vote.
Title: Re: Kansas Homebrewers - CALL TO ACTION - Another Attempt at Law Changes
Post by: udubdawg on February 05, 2014, 11:54:49 PM
we've contacted many, many reps.  Dozens have responded, generally favorably, when presented with the facts and our fairly innocuous goals.  KS Craft Brewers Guild supports us too.  We'll see...
Title: Re: Kansas Homebrewers - CALL TO ACTION - Another Attempt at Law Changes
Post by: AmandaK on February 07, 2014, 05:57:23 PM
From our lobbyist:
Sub HB 2223 was just passed to Final Action by voice vote. Congratulations! This is the next step, there will be a FA(Final Action) vote on Monday, if/when it passes it is on to the Senate. Time to renew messages to the Senate Federal and State Affairs committee and the entire Senate.

Phil
Title: Re: Kansas Homebrewers - CALL TO ACTION - Another Attempt at Law Changes
Post by: AmandaK on February 10, 2014, 06:08:53 PM
HB 2223 passed on House Final Action this morning! We are going to the Senate!!

111 yea to 7 nay.  Sounds like 7 people need a homebrew.  8)
Title: Re: Kansas Homebrewers - CALL TO ACTION - Another Attempt at Law Changes
Post by: udubdawg on March 20, 2014, 05:46:01 PM
bunch of amendments with nothing to do with homebrewing added onto our bill in Senate Committee today.  Also so glad they clarified what a "guest" is.   ::)

progress, I guess.
Title: Re: Kansas Homebrewers - CALL TO ACTION - Another Attempt at Law Changes
Post by: reverseapachemaster on March 21, 2014, 01:58:07 PM
bunch of amendments with nothing to do with homebrewing added onto our bill in Senate Committee today.  Also so glad they clarified what a "guest" is.   ::)

progress, I guess.

Unless an amendment was added to kill the bill, this is just how legislation occurs. Have to get the pork on the bill to pick up the votes. Consider it a good sign that the bill will probably pass the senate.
Title: Re: Kansas Homebrewers - CALL TO ACTION - Another Attempt at Law Changes
Post by: udubdawg on April 01, 2014, 04:32:33 PM
update from yesterday on the Kansas bill (which passed the House in February and 40-0 in the Senate last month, but with amendments.)

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"Earlier today, the House met and just before noon here's what happened to our bill: Sub for HB 2223 - Alcoholic beverages; relating to homemade fermented beverages. The House Nonconcurred; Conference Committee requested; the House appointed Brunk, Couture-Lovelady and Ruiz. No meeting announced yet (Senate has to appoint conferees).

The plan is for the House to concur tomorrow before a conference committee meets."

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OK, so I know we've got some legal experts, so I've just got to ask:  What am I not getting?
As I understand it the Committee is a safety measure, but if the plan is to concur before they ever meet, what is the point?  Wouldn't it be easier to, you know, concur the first time?!?
 
 
Title: Re: Kansas Homebrewers - CALL TO ACTION - Another Attempt at Law Changes
Post by: reverseapachemaster on April 02, 2014, 01:47:47 PM
Just more dealing to get approval on this bill in exchange for something else in the future. It's rare for a bill to pass both houses and not have the conference version get voted through.
Title: Re: Kansas Homebrewers - CALL TO ACTION - Another Attempt at Law Changes
Post by: udubdawg on April 19, 2014, 01:57:15 AM
Governor signed bill yesterday.  It'll be weeks before it gets published and becomes official, but very soon I'll have to find some different laws to break.  8)
Title: Re: Kansas Homebrewers - CALL TO ACTION - Another Attempt at Law Changes
Post by: duxx on May 09, 2014, 09:38:09 PM
Well we got it done!  The Kansas Homebrew Law has passed and was signed by the Governor!!!  Here is a good article from the Kansas City Star that covers our win!   http://www.kansascity.com/2014/05/02/4998076/kansas-expands-rights-for-homebrewers.html (http://www.kansascity.com/2014/05/02/4998076/kansas-expands-rights-for-homebrewers.html)

Also here is the photo of the official signing.  BTW, that's me standing at the right hand of the Governor.
(https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/31544682/KS%20Gov%20Sign.jpg)
Title: Re: Kansas Homebrewers - CALL TO ACTION - Another Attempt at Law Changes
Post by: HoosierBrew on May 09, 2014, 10:16:36 PM
Well done Steve. Very nice work !
Title: Re: Kansas Homebrewers - CALL TO ACTION - Another Attempt at Law Changes
Post by: S. cerevisiae on May 10, 2014, 01:51:14 AM
Great work! 
Title: Re: Kansas Homebrewers - CALL TO ACTION - Another Attempt at Law Changes
Post by: erockrph on May 10, 2014, 12:03:00 PM
Congrats!