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Title: AHA Action Alerts and other Government Affairs info
Post by: garyg on June 24, 2011, 08:56:01 PM
The AHA sent out two Action Alerts today.

In Michigan, HB 4061, a bill to allow homebrew to be served at breweries pubs and bars for club meetings & competitions, passed the House June 23. Next it goes to the Senate Regulatory Reform Committee for a hearing. Michigan residents, please contact the committee members and urge them to pass the bill.

See the alert at: http://bit.ly/kCpO5K

In Wisconsin, the Wisconsin Brewer's Guild is asking residents for immediate help in sending a message to Governor Walker asking him to veto budget language related to microbreweries.

The language in question, known as Motion 414, would take away small brewers' abilities to distribute each other's beers and own and operate their own taverns. Such drastic alterations to a proven, successful business model will stifle growth and result in job losses.

See the alert at: http://bit.ly/lvCI6p
Title: Re: AHA Action Alerts for Michigan and Wisconsin
Post by: Thirsty_Monk on June 28, 2011, 03:01:04 AM
Wisconsin: Motion 414 was not vetoed.
Title: Re: AHA Action Alerts for Michigan and Wisconsin
Post by: garyg on July 14, 2011, 10:31:08 PM
Michigan bill HB 4061 to allow homebrew to be served at breweries pubs and bars for club meetings & competitions passed the Senate Regulatory Reform Committee Wednesday July 13 by a 7-0 vote. The bill now moves on to the full Senate for a vote in September.

We will send a follow up Action Alert to Michigan AHA members when we get closer to the Senate vote.

Cheers!
Gary
Title: Re: AHA Action Alerts for Michigan and Wisconsin
Post by: dannyjed on July 14, 2011, 10:36:32 PM
Now there's another reason for me to move back to Michigan ;)
Title: Re: AHA Action Alerts for Michigan and Wisconsin
Post by: Thirsty_Monk on July 16, 2011, 03:00:38 PM
Is AHA / Brewers Association involve in fixing nonsense that just happened in Wisconsin?
Title: Re: AHA Action Alerts for Michigan and Wisconsin
Post by: dbeechum on July 16, 2011, 06:51:19 PM
That would fall more under the purview of the BA to work on with the AHA acting as community support. I can't imagine that the BA isn't already trying to figure something out and we'll hear about it.
Title: Re: AHA Action Alerts for Michigan and Wisconsin
Post by: garyg on July 18, 2011, 02:42:24 PM
For state issues affecting commercial craft brewers, the BA supports initiatives led by state brewers guilds.
Title: Re: AHA Action Alerts for Michigan and Wisconsin
Post by: Thirsty_Monk on August 05, 2011, 03:15:27 AM
Looks like someone is working on fixing the mess:

http://www.probrewer.com/vbulletin/showthread.php?t=21688

Craft Carve Out Attempt in WI

New bill would exempt small brewers from newly passed legislation

Lawmakers have a new bill that would exempt most craft brewers from the beer distribution changes made in the 2011-13 state budget.

The bill is authored by Representative Janis Ringhand (D-Evansville) who feels the new regulations hurt competition, limit trade and discourage investment.

This proposal would exempt craft brewers that manufacture less than 300,000 barrels per year from the new law.

There was no public input on the subject before it became law. Ringhand hopes to have a public hearing this time around. She says it’s important to support the entrepreneurs and small business owners that help to grow the economy.


A bipartisan group of lawmakers had asked Governor Scott Walker to veto a portion of the budget pertaining to micro-breweries that was added by the Joint Committee on Finance, but he opted against that request.
Title: Re: AHA Action Alerts and other Government Affairs info
Post by: Pawtucket Patriot on August 05, 2011, 10:57:32 PM
An article about the proposed exemption legislation referenced by Leo above.

http://pintoflaw.com/?p=263
Title: Re: AHA Action Alerts and other Government Affairs info
Post by: Thirsty_Monk on August 10, 2011, 03:54:20 AM
An article about the proposed exemption legislation referenced by Leo above.

http://pintoflaw.com/?p=263
Great article.
Thank you
Title: Re: AHA Action Alerts and other Government Affairs info
Post by: garyg on August 10, 2011, 02:03:42 PM
The Brewers Association's August legal brief has been posted at http://www.brewersassociation.org/pages/government-affairs/monthly-legal-brief.
Title: Re: AHA Action Alerts and other Government Affairs info
Post by: garyg on August 23, 2011, 03:57:16 PM
Michigan Homebrewers: HB 4061 to allow homebrew to be served in breweries, restaurants and bars for club meetings, competitions, etc will go to a vote in the Senate soon. Contact your Senator's office and ask them to support the bill! If the bill passes the Senate, it then goes to the Governor to sign into law (or veto). See the action alert at http://bit.ly/nYAfvo.
Title: Re: AHA Action Alerts and other Government Affairs info
Post by: garyg on January 11, 2012, 03:11:04 AM
The American Homebrewers Association is supporting an effort by the Wisconsin Homebrewers Alliance to rectify the current Wisconsin homebrew law which does not allow for homebrew to be serve outside the home where it was brewed--a law that was uncovered by the Wisconsin Department of Revenue just last year.  That means no homebrew at homebrew club meetings, no homebrew competitions, no homebrew at the neighbor's house.

LRB 3101 sponsored by State Senator Michael Ellis and Representative Dean Kaufert would, if passed, lift current restrictions that prohibit homebrew from being transported outside of the home where it was made.

What needs to happen to get this bill passed is for Wisconsin residents to contact their legislators and urge them to come on as sponsors of the bill and support the bill when it comes up for a vote.  Time is of the essence to get this bill through the legislature.

See the action alert we just sent to Wisconsin AHA members: http://bit.ly/wDEySm 
Title: Re: AHA Action Alerts and other Government Affairs info
Post by: garyg on January 26, 2012, 08:32:19 PM
The Wisconsin homebrew bill that the AHA has been working on with the Wisconsin Homebrewers Alliance to lift current restrictions that prohibit homebrew from being transported outside of the home where it was made has been assigned to the Senate Energy, Biotechnology, and Consumer Protection Committee and will likely get a hearing soon.

Senate Bill 395 is scheduled for a hearing before the Senate Energy, Biotechnology, and Consumer Protection Committee Tuesday, Jan. 31, at 10:00 a.m. in Room 330 Southwest in the Capitol.

We're asking Wisconsin residents to contact the senators on the committee and politely urge them to pass SB 395. A large audience of homebrewers at the meeting will send a strong message that this is important legislation, so please consider attending the hearing if possible.

See the Action Alert we sent today at http://bit.ly/zAF06H for more details.
Title: Re: AHA Action Alerts and other Government Affairs info
Post by: garyg on February 08, 2012, 08:19:19 PM
Senate Bill 395, the Wisconsin homebrew bill that the AHA has been working on with the Wisconsin Homebrewers Alliance to lift current restrictions that prohibit homebrew from being transported outside of the home where it was made was passed unanimously by Senate committee and so moves on to a vote before the full Senate, probably next week.

An identical bill, Assembly Bill 521, was scheduled for a committee hearing this morning and will likely be passed on to the full Assembly shortly.

Wisconsin residents should contact the state Senator and Representative for their district and politely urge them to support these bills.

See the Action Alert we sent today at http://bit.ly/ypclCn for more details.
Title: Re: AHA Action Alerts and other Government Affairs info
Post by: denny on February 08, 2012, 08:22:04 PM
Congrats and good luck!
Title: Re: AHA Action Alerts and other Government Affairs info
Post by: bluesman on February 08, 2012, 09:35:54 PM
Great news for our friends in Wisconsin!
Title: Re: AHA Action Alerts and other Government Affairs info
Post by: garyg on February 15, 2012, 12:08:20 AM
The Wisconsin state Senate passed SB 395 by a vote of 32-1.  the homebrew rights bill we've been working on with the Wisconsin Homebrewers Alliance.  In doing so, they rejected an amendment submitted by Senator Scott Fitzgerald (the lone no vote) that would have greatly watered down the bill.

An identical bill, AB 521, has already been through a public committee hearing in the Assembly, and so awaits a vote before the full Assembly.  Wisconsin residents, if you haven't already contacted your Assembly representative about supporting AB 521, now's the time!  See http://legis.wisconsin.gov/w3asp/waml/waml.aspx to find your representative.

Cheers!
Gary
Title: Re: AHA Action Alerts and other Government Affairs info
Post by: garyg on February 15, 2012, 11:32:21 PM
Yesterday, the Wisconsin Senate unanimously passed AB 290, a bill to allow homebrew supply shops to make beer and wine on their premises and offer samples of beer and wine to their customers for educational purposes.  The bill has already passed the Assembly, so it's off to the Governor's desk to sign.

Congrats to Wisconsin's homebrew shops on the passage of this bill!
Title: Re: AHA Action Alerts and other Government Affairs info
Post by: garyg on February 21, 2012, 08:04:43 PM
We sent out another Action Alert today to our Wisconsin members about the homebrew right bill.  SB 395 has been referred to the Assembly Rules Committee to assign a date for an Assembly vote, which could happen any day now.  We are asking Wisconsin residents to contact their Representative and ask him/her to support SB 395 or AB 521 (they are identical bills, but SB 395 is the most likely version to be voted on).  We are also asking residents to contact the Assembly Speaker and the Assembly Majority Leader to get the bill scheduled for a vote as soon as possible.  You can see the alert at http://bit.ly/wuUsDW.

I've been extremely impressed with the Wisconsin Homebrewers Alliance's ability to mobilize club members throughout the state to make phone calls and send email to legislators.  The level of media coverage has been impressive as well. 
Title: Re: AHA Action Alerts and other Government Affairs info
Post by: spikedhelmet on February 23, 2012, 10:13:41 PM
It seems the same type of anti-homebrew nonsense that has been going on in Wisconsin is rearing it's ugly head in Illinois as well.  For years clubs around our region have gathered at the Peoria International Beer Festival and served our homebrewed beers to very eager fest-goers.  Not anymore.  The Illinois Liquor Commission recently sent word to the organizers of the event that serving homebrew was illegal.  Why after so many years of participation at the event the point was made now is beyond anybody's guess.  The big rumour circulating now is that the State will soon be cracking down on homebrew competitions as well.  Perhaps the AHA might be interested in taking on another fight?  Our local clubs are willing to go to war on these issues but don't exactly know where to start.  Any suggestions?  Below is the statute the State has been waving around:

Illinois statute Chapter 235, Act 5, Article II, § 2-1 permits the making of wine, cider or other ALCOHOLIC LIQUOR by a person from fruits, vegetables or grains, or the products thereof, by simple fermentation and without distillation, if it is made solely for the use of the maker, his family and his guests.
Title: Re: AHA Action Alerts and other Government Affairs info
Post by: tschmidlin on February 23, 2012, 10:26:46 PM
Maybe we need to go federal to keep this stuff from happening over and over and over.  Not that it shouldn't be fought state by state at the same time.
Title: Re: AHA Action Alerts and other Government Affairs info
Post by: Pawtucket Patriot on February 23, 2012, 11:42:08 PM
Maybe we need to go federal to keep this stuff from happening over and over and over.  Not that it shouldn't be fought state by state at the same time.

For better or worse (probably worse in this case), the federal government has no authority over the states regarding homebrew use/removal restrictions.  State are able to police homebrewing as they please.  This will have to be a state-by-state fight for homebrewers.
Title: Re: AHA Action Alerts and other Government Affairs info
Post by: bluesman on February 24, 2012, 12:31:11 AM
Wow...that's some disheartening news. Hopefully we'll be able to pull together and come up with a plan of attack on this issue. When there's a will, there's a way.
Title: Re: AHA Action Alerts and other Government Affairs info
Post by: Mark G on February 24, 2012, 03:04:02 AM
That's definitely disappointing news here in Illinois. The homebrewing community seems to be really growing the last few years, with more competitions, clubs, etc. I'm sure we can muster up quite a fight.
Title: Re: AHA Action Alerts and other Government Affairs info
Post by: tschmidlin on February 24, 2012, 03:34:05 AM
Maybe we need to go federal to keep this stuff from happening over and over and over.  Not that it shouldn't be fought state by state at the same time.

For better or worse (probably worse in this case), the federal government has no authority over the states regarding homebrew use/removal restrictions.  State are able to police homebrewing as they please.  This will have to be a state-by-state fight for homebrewers.
Damn.  You're right, but damn.
Title: Re: AHA Action Alerts and other Government Affairs info
Post by: Pawtucket Patriot on February 24, 2012, 03:53:03 AM
Maybe we need to go federal to keep this stuff from happening over and over and over.  Not that it shouldn't be fought state by state at the same time.

For better or worse (probably worse in this case), the federal government has no authority over the states regarding homebrew use/removal restrictions.  State are able to police homebrewing as they please.  This will have to be a state-by-state fight for homebrewers.
Damn.  You're right, but damn.

I wish I wasn't.   :-\
Title: Re: AHA Action Alerts and other Government Affairs info
Post by: garyg on February 24, 2012, 05:01:45 PM
My life would be a lot easier if we could all live under the federal statute on homebrewing! 

Is there any real reason, beyond rumor, that would lead anyone to think the Illinois Liquor Control Commission is going to go after homebrew competitions?  To keep things in perspective, homebrew competitions are private events where homebrew is served to beer judges.  That's a lot different than serving unlicensed, untaxed alcohol to the public at an event, like a beer festival, where the attendees pay to get in (to drink beer).

Honestly, I think there are very few states where serving homebrew to the public at a beer festival would be within the letter of the law.  In most cases, there would have to be a provision in the homebrew statute to specifically allow for serving to the public at a festival where people pay to get in.

Gary
Title: Re: AHA Action Alerts and other Government Affairs info
Post by: garyg on February 24, 2012, 08:59:33 PM
We just sent out an Action Alert to our Mississippi members. Homebrew legalization bills have been filed in both the House and Senate.  Mississippi residents, contact your state representative & senator to help get these bills passed.  See the Action Alert: http://bit.ly/ydoVAa
Title: Re: AHA Action Alerts and other Government Affairs info
Post by: spikedhelmet on February 25, 2012, 06:26:28 PM
The State taking on homebrew competitions is just a rumour.  I've always been the kind that felt where there is smoke there is fire though.  I guess it is all in how they interpret the statute wording.

  "...if it is made solely for the use of the maker, his family and his guests."

It just seems odd that we have been serving beer at festivals for years and this is now just coming up.  I think, perhaps, it is time to make some wording changes to the statute that will protect our desire to hold competitions and allow us to donate homebrew to a festival without government pressure.  Flying under the radar apparently only works so long until somebody notices and makes an issue of it.
Title: Re: AHA Action Alerts and other Government Affairs info
Post by: garyg on February 27, 2012, 08:11:56 PM
Success in the legislature is far from guaranteed.  I would want to be sure there was a consensus across the Illinois homebrewing community that pursuing a change in the law is way to go before jumping into the legislative fray.  Attempting to introduce a bill will certainly generate greater scrutiny of the activities of homebrewers and could have negative short (or possibly long) term consequences, depending on how long it takes to get a bill passed, which could be years.  It really depends on the level of sympathy for the homebrewing community there is in the legislature, if the bill is seen as bipartisan, whether or not there is any opposition from lobbyists, and the willingness of the local homebrew community to get involved.   

Gary
Title: Re: AHA Action Alerts and other Government Affairs info
Post by: Jimmy K on February 27, 2012, 08:59:30 PM
It just seems odd that we have been serving beer at festivals for years and this is now just coming up. 
 
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Flying under the radar apparently only works so long until somebody notices and makes an issue of it.

You answered your own question there. I'm always think it is odd when homebrewers think it would be legal to serve their homebrew to people they don't know at a public event - free or paid.
Title: Re: AHA Action Alerts and other Government Affairs info
Post by: garyg on March 06, 2012, 12:36:33 AM
The Wisconsin Assembly is scheduled to vote on the homebrew bill SB 395 tomorrow, March 6.  Last chance to contact Reps before the vote.  See the Action Alert at http://bit.ly/xdXgUJ.

Also, a homebrew legalization bill is scheduled for a committee hearing in the Alabama House on Wednesday, March 7.  We'll have an action alert going out tomorrow. 

The Mississippi House has passed a bill to increase the allowable alcohol in beer from 5% to 8% and a similar bill has passed through two Senate committee hearings.  Hopefully that bodes well for the homebrew bills in Mississippi.
Title: Re: AHA Action Alerts and other Government Affairs info
Post by: garyg on March 06, 2012, 04:29:53 PM
The AHA sent an Action Alert to Alabama members this morning.  House Bill 354 sponsored by Rep. Mac McCutcheon, to legalize homebrewing in the state has been scheduled for a hearing before the House Economic Development and Tourism Committee tomorrow, Wednesday, March 7.  We are asking Alabama residents to contact the members of the committee and politely urge them to vote in favor of the bill.  If it passes through the committee, it will be sent to the full House for a vote.

You can see the action alert at http://bit.ly/AlaVlk
Title: Re: AHA Action Alerts and other Government Affairs info
Post by: theDarkSide on March 06, 2012, 05:25:41 PM
The AHA sent an Action Alert to Alabama members this morning.  House Bill 354 sponsored by Rep. Mac McCutcheon, to legalize homebrewing in the state has been scheduled for a hearing before the House Economic Development and Tourism Committee tomorrow, Wednesday, March 7.  We are asking Alabama residents to contact the members of the committee and politely urge them to vote in favor of the bill.  If it passes through the committee, it will be sent to the full House for a vote.

You can see the action alert at http://bit.ly/AlaVlk

Someone definately needs to brief Rep McCutcheon better this time.  Great...more Alvin Holmes clips coming our way.  I really hope this is the year of Alabama!!!  Good luck!!!!
Title: Re: AHA Action Alerts and other Government Affairs info
Post by: tygo on March 06, 2012, 05:29:13 PM
Great...more Alvin Holmes clips coming our way.  I really hope this is the year of Alabama!!!  Good luck!!!!

Doesn't look like Alvin is on the committee.  We'll have to wait for the full House debate for more gems.  Good luck Alabama!
Title: Re: AHA Action Alerts and other Government Affairs info
Post by: Thirsty_Monk on March 08, 2012, 04:14:28 AM
The Wisconsin Assembly is scheduled to vote on the homebrew bill SB 395 tomorrow, March 6.  Last chance to contact Reps before the vote.  See the Action Alert at http://bit.ly/xdXgUJ.
Vote in senate was postponed to March 13th, 2012.
Title: Re: AHA Action Alerts and other Government Affairs info
Post by: garyg on March 08, 2012, 09:53:41 PM
Wisconsin
Vote on the homebrew bill before the full Assembly that was supposed to take place on Tuesday March 6, was postponed a week.  There is a chance the bill will be amended before the Assembly vote.  If it is amended, it will have to go back to the Senate for a vote on the amended version.  With the very limited time left in this session, it's possible that time will run out before the Senate has a chance to vote on an amended bill.

Alabama
The homebrew legalization bill cleared the House Economic Development and Tourism Committee, so it now needs to be schedule for a vote before the full House.

Mississippi
All three homebrew legalization bills that were filed this year (two in the House, one in the Senate) died in committee this past Tuesday, along with something like 69% of all bills filed in Mississippi this year.

All hope is not yet lost.  According to Butch Bailey of Raise Your Pints (RYP), dead is not dead-dead.  There is a remote chance that RYP will be able to get homebrew legalization added as a rider on a separate bill.
Title: Re: AHA Action Alerts and other Government Affairs info
Post by: denny on March 08, 2012, 10:47:19 PM
Thanks for the updates, Gary.  Mississippi...sigh....
Title: Re: AHA Action Alerts and other Government Affairs info
Post by: garyg on March 14, 2012, 09:43:20 PM
We just sent another Action Alert to the Alabama AHA members. With the homebrew bill HB 354 passing the House Economic Development and Tourism Committee, it is time to focus on the rest of the House Representatives. Given that last year's homebrew bill failed before the full House, it is imperative to educate the House Representatives and encourage their support of HB 354, so we are asking homebrewers to contact all of the Representatives. The Alahomebrewing.org group has put together an email list for the House, making it easy to send an email to all of the Representatives.

You can see the action alert at http://bit.ly/AEZVgD

Voting on the Wisconsin homebrew transportation bill has been postponed again until tomorrow, Thursday Mar. 15.
Title: Re: AHA Action Alerts and other Government Affairs info
Post by: garyg on March 15, 2012, 07:51:23 PM
The Wisconsin homebrew bill was amended and passed by the Assembly this afternoon and was sent to the Senate, which was in session at the time and the amended version was passed by the Senate.  I've never seen anything like it.  The bill literally was passed within hours of the end of the session and for it to have gotten a vote by both chambers on the same day is truly astounding. 

No way that could have happened without all of the calls and emails to legislators from Wisconsin homebrewers. 

The only remaining step is for the Governor to sign the bill.

Congratulations to Wisconsin's homebrewers and particularly the members of the Wisconsin Home Brewers Alliance that led the effort to get the Wisconsin law changed!
Title: Re: AHA Action Alerts and other Government Affairs info
Post by: denny on March 15, 2012, 08:04:50 PM
Great news!  Way to go WHBA!
Title: Re: AHA Action Alerts and other Government Affairs info
Post by: Thirsty_Monk on March 15, 2012, 11:04:49 PM
Way to go.
Thank you everyone.
Title: Re: AHA Action Alerts and other Government Affairs info
Post by: tschmidlin on March 16, 2012, 09:08:12 AM
Awesome job WI homebrewers and the AHA. :)
Title: Re: AHA Action Alerts and other Government Affairs info
Post by: bluesman on March 16, 2012, 11:27:21 AM
Awesome job Wisconsin!

We shall raise a pint after the signing.  :)
Title: Re: AHA Action Alerts and other Government Affairs info
Post by: brewing_in_mke on March 24, 2012, 08:43:40 PM
I would like to thank everyone that helped call, write and otherwise contacting WI legislators in this whirlwind process of getting SB 395 passed.   Way to go everyone.  Time to make some homebrew!
Title: Re: AHA Action Alerts and other Government Affairs info
Post by: garyg on April 02, 2012, 06:10:07 PM
Alabama homebrew legalization Bill HB 354 is set to be voted on by the Alabama House on Tuesday, April 3. Alabama residents are encouraged to email the House representatives prior to the vote and if possible, attend the session. We need to make sure the Representatives know how much this bill means to the state's homebrewers and that legalizing homebrewing does not pose a threat to the state.

See the AHA Action Alert at http://bit.ly/H3SspH.

Let's hope this year's vote goes better than last year!
Title: Re: AHA Action Alerts and other Government Affairs info
Post by: denny on April 02, 2012, 06:39:12 PM
Alabama homebrew legalization Bill HB 354 is set to be voted on by the Alabama House on Tuesday, April 3. Alabama residents are encouraged to email the House representatives prior to the vote and if possible, attend the session. We need to make sure the Representatives know how much this bill means to the state's homebrewers and that legalizing homebrewing does not pose a threat to the state.

See the AHA Action Alert at http://bit.ly/H3SspH.

Let's hope this year's vote goes better than last year!

Fingers crossed....
Title: Re: AHA Action Alerts and other Government Affairs info
Post by: bluesman on April 02, 2012, 06:41:24 PM
Let's use the power of positive thinking.  Best of luck to our friends in Alabama!
Title: Re: AHA Action Alerts and other Government Affairs info
Post by: brewing_in_mke on April 03, 2012, 12:11:33 AM
Let's use the power of positive thinking.  Best of luck to our friends in Alabama!

Good luck to Alabama.  Let's keep up the trend of legislatures acting on behalf of homebrewers.  Today the Governor of Wisconsin signed SB 395 the homebrewing bill in to law today.  Now all we have to do is wait for the law to be published in the Madison paper, then wait 90 days and the law is in effect.

Thank you again to everyone to helped with this momentous event.
Title: Re: AHA Action Alerts and other Government Affairs info
Post by: Thirsty_Monk on April 03, 2012, 02:34:49 AM
Thank you everyone.
Title: Re: AHA Action Alerts and other Government Affairs info
Post by: garyg on April 03, 2012, 04:49:40 PM
Congratulations to all of the Wisconsin homebrewers. Yesterday Governor Scott Walker signed SB 395 into law. The law will take effect three months after the Wisconsin Secretary of State publishes it, which should happen within the next 10 days.

Here's a link to the announcement we sent to the Wisconsin AHA members: http://bit.ly/HHg6ET

This was an awesome achievement and one that was by no means certain.  The bill would not have passed if it weren't for all of the contacts Wisconsin homebrewers had with state legislators.
Title: Re: AHA Action Alerts and other Government Affairs info
Post by: garyg on April 26, 2012, 09:11:48 PM
After a very lengthy debate and attempts to filibuster the bill, HB 354, a bill to legalize homebrewing in Alabama, was passed by the House.  It now moves on to the Senate.

Congratulations to all the Alabama homebrewers!  Good luck in the Senate.
Title: Re: AHA Action Alerts and other Government Affairs info
Post by: tygo on April 26, 2012, 10:39:46 PM
Wow, that's amazing.  Congrats to the folks from Alabama and good luck with the next step!
Title: Re: AHA Action Alerts and other Government Affairs info
Post by: garc_mall on April 26, 2012, 10:45:54 PM
Congrats Alabama, one step closer! And in an election year to boot!
Title: Re: AHA Action Alerts and other Government Affairs info
Post by: bluesman on April 27, 2012, 12:02:53 AM
Very, very nice work!

A big hand for Alabama homebrewers...now let's keep our fingers crossed.  :)
Title: Re: AHA Action Alerts and other Government Affairs info
Post by: garyg on May 09, 2012, 03:05:20 PM
The Alabama Senate Job Creation and Economic Development Committee passed House Bill 354 favorably on Tuesday, May 8 after the bill was reassigned from the Senate Small Business Committee. The bill now must be voted on by the full Senate in order to go to the Governor for signing. The Senate has just three days of this session in which the bill can be heard, including today. If it is not brought to a vote, it will die with the end of this year’s legislative session.

Alabama residents, contact your legislators now and ask them to support HB 354!

See the action alert: http://bit.ly/J0o6ik
Title: Re: AHA Action Alerts and other Government Affairs info
Post by: bluesman on May 09, 2012, 04:42:18 PM
One can only hope for this to pass now.  It's come a long way to make it to this point. Let's all hope it passes!  :)
Title: Re: AHA Action Alerts and other Government Affairs info
Post by: garyg on May 11, 2012, 09:10:26 PM
We are down to just one day left, Wednesday, May 16th, for the Alabama Senate to vote on the homebrew legalization bill.  We're asking Alabama residents to contact the chair of the Rules Committee and the Senate Pro Tem to urge them to place HB 354 on the calendar for Wednesday.  We've come further this year than any past year to legalizing homebrewing and need to everything possible to at least get a vote in the Senate.

See the Action Alert: http://bit.ly/IJE6qP
Title: Re: AHA Action Alerts and other Government Affairs info
Post by: garyg on May 23, 2012, 02:32:08 PM
Many of you are probably aware by now that the Alabama bill did not get called up for a Senate vote on the last day of the 2012 legislative session, and so died along with several other bills that also didn't get a vote.

Obviously this is not the outcome we were hoping for, however, this year's homebrew bill got further than any previous attempt to legalize homebrewing in Alabama. We now have a bill that we know can pass the House and Senate committee. Word is that it also had enough votes to pass the Senate, had it come up for a vote. The bill language is set and we have willing sponsors in both the House and Senate for 2013. That means identical bills can be filed prior to the start of the 2013 session, giving them much more time to work their way through both chambers.

So, while it is very disappointing that homebrew legalization was not passed this year, things are looking more promising than ever for 2013.

Gary
Title: Re: AHA Action Alerts and other Government Affairs info
Post by: garyg on June 04, 2012, 04:19:29 PM
The Garden State Craft Brewers Guild is asking for support from New Jersey beer lovers to loosen restrictive NJ brewery laws. Bill A-1277 is scheduled for a hearing before the Assembly Law and Public Safety Committee on Thursday, June 7. See the action alert at bit.ly/JP9oRh.
Title: Re: AHA Action Alerts and other Government Affairs info
Post by: garyg on June 11, 2012, 03:23:32 PM
The New York State Brewers Association has requested that beer enthusiasts take action to support legislation beneficial to the state's small brewers and beer consumers.

See the action alert at http://bit.ly/MBWnub.
Title: Re: AHA Action Alerts and other Government Affairs info
Post by: garyg on June 12, 2012, 03:41:44 PM
Here's a link to the latest Brewers Association government affairs update: http://www.brewersassociation.org/pages/government-affairs/monthly-legal-brief.
Title: Re: AHA Action Alerts and other Government Affairs info
Post by: garyg on July 16, 2012, 11:29:47 PM
Here's the link to the Brewers Association July legal brief: http://www.brewersassociation.org/pages/government-affairs/monthly-legal-brief.
Title: Re: AHA Action Alerts and other Government Affairs info
Post by: garyg on August 10, 2012, 02:57:54 PM
Brewers Association August legal brief is now posted at http://www.brewersassociation.org/pages/government-affairs/monthly-legal-brief.
Title: Re: AHA Action Alerts and other Government Affairs info
Post by: garyg on September 12, 2012, 09:49:58 PM
New Jersey residents, contact Governor Chris Christie's office and ask him to sign A-1277/S-641 on behalf of the state's craft brewers and beer drinkers. The bill, developed by the Garden State Brewers Guild, will give craft brewers in the state more flexibility in how, when and where they sell and promote their beer.  See http://bit.ly/QjGiZu for the full action alert.
Title: Re: AHA Action Alerts and other Government Affairs info
Post by: garyg on September 24, 2012, 10:35:52 PM
New Jersey Governor Chris Christie signed the pro-small brewer bill. Thanks to all who supported the cause! http://bit.ly/TrmDNb
Title: Re: AHA Action Alerts and other Government Affairs info
Post by: garyg on October 08, 2012, 07:13:40 PM
The Brewers Association October legal brief is now posted: http://www.brewersassociation.org/pages/government-affairs/monthly-legal-brief.
Title: Re: AHA Action Alerts and other Government Affairs info
Post by: garyg on January 30, 2013, 10:35:19 PM
SB2183 to legalize homebrewing in Mississippi was approved today by the Senate Economic Development Committee. It now goes on to the Senate Tourism Committee, where a vote could happen tomorrow. This is an historic moment as none of the previous homebrew bills in Mississippi have ever made it out of committee.

An identical bill has been filed in the Mississippi House.
Title: Re: AHA Action Alerts and other Government Affairs info
Post by: garyg on January 31, 2013, 06:40:23 PM
Mississippi homebrew legalization bills cleared committees in both the Senate and House today. Next up votes in the full Senate and House. This is historic, given that no homebrew bill has ever passed out of a committee hearing in Mississippi.
Title: Re: AHA Action Alerts and other Government Affairs info
Post by: theDarkSide on January 31, 2013, 06:54:20 PM
This could be a great year.  Hopefully the end of illegal homebrewing in the US.  Just a note, the Alabama legislative session starts Feb. 5th...the same day as the NHC registration.  Coincidence or karma?  ;)
Title: Re: AHA Action Alerts and other Government Affairs info
Post by: garyg on February 04, 2013, 07:40:22 PM
Mississippi residents, contact your state legislators in support of homebrew legalization bills. See http://bit.ly/XG0hFg for more details.

Homebrew bills have been prefiled in both the House and Senate in Alabama, where the legislative session starts tomorrow.  Here's some TV news coverage of homebrewing in Alabama: http://www.waff.com/story/20939769/ala-representative-pre-files-home-brewing-bill.
Title: Re: AHA Action Alerts and other Government Affairs info
Post by: garyg on February 06, 2013, 07:30:41 PM
Kansas residents, support homebrew rights bill HB 2223 to allow homebrew to be served at club meetings and competitions. See the action alert to learn how: http://bit.ly/11LWfRA
Title: Re: AHA Action Alerts and other Government Affairs info
Post by: garyg on February 07, 2013, 10:48:06 PM
The Mississippi homebrew legalization billed was passed by the Mississippi Senate today. House vote is next. If the House passes it, the bill will go to the Governor to sign. Getting close!
Title: Re: AHA Action Alerts and other Government Affairs info
Post by: garyg on February 12, 2013, 12:08:59 AM
Alabama residence help legalize homebrewing in your state, support HB9 & SB171. House and Senate committee hearings will be held soon. See the action alert: bit.ly/XDXfBR
Title: Re: AHA Action Alerts and other Government Affairs info
Post by: gymrat on February 12, 2013, 04:44:16 AM
Kansas residents, support homebrew rights bill HB 2223 to allow homebrew to be served at club meetings and competitions. See the action alert to learn how: http://bit.ly/11LWfRA

How do I find out what rep to contact?
Title: Re: AHA Action Alerts and other Government Affairs info
Post by: garc_mall on February 12, 2013, 05:27:06 AM
your legislative body should have a website where you can search for your local rep.
Title: Re: AHA Action Alerts and other Government Affairs info
Post by: hopfenundmalz on February 12, 2013, 02:12:37 PM
Gary,

Does the AHA have a media roll out planned for when (someday) homebrewing is legalized in all 50 states? That would get the word out, and would be a satisfying "victory lap" for all involved.

Title: Re: AHA Action Alerts and other Government Affairs info
Post by: garyg on February 12, 2013, 03:15:51 PM
Kansas residents, support homebrew rights bill HB 2223 to allow homebrew to be served at club meetings and competitions. See the action alert to learn how: http://bit.ly/11LWfRA

How do I find out what rep to contact?

The bill must be passed by the House Committee on Federal and State Affairs before it can move on to the full House. For now, it is best to target the members of the committee.  See the URL above and you will find contact info for all of the committee members at the bottom of the page.

If it gets passed the committee, it will then move on to the full House, at which time you would want to contact your state representative.  You can find a link for identifying your state representative and senator on the Kansas legislature website: http://www.kslegislature.org/li/.
Title: Re: AHA Action Alerts and other Government Affairs info
Post by: garyg on February 12, 2013, 03:18:25 PM
Gary,

Does the AHA have a media roll out planned for when (someday) homebrewing is legalized in all 50 states? That would get the word out, and would be a satisfying "victory lap" for all involved.

Absolutely!  We will be distributing a press release far and wide.  Given the coverage, both local and nation-wide, that we are already getting without much media outreach, I think we will see substantial coverage when we can finally say that homebrewing is legal in all 50 states.
Title: Re: AHA Action Alerts and other Government Affairs info
Post by: hopfenundmalz on February 12, 2013, 03:42:25 PM
Gary,

Does the AHA have a media roll out planned for when (someday) homebrewing is legalized in all 50 states? That would get the word out, and would be a satisfying "victory lap" for all involved.

Absolutely!  We will be distributing a press release far and wide.  Given the coverage, both local and nation-wide, that we are already getting without much media outreach, I think we will see substantial coverage when we can finally say that homebrewing is legal in all 50 states.

Would be cool to see your interview on TV.  ;)
Title: Re: AHA Action Alerts and other Government Affairs info
Post by: garyg on February 21, 2013, 07:13:21 PM
Alabama homebrew legalization bills HB9 & SB171 both passed committee hearings, yesterday and today, respectively. Next up is votes before the full House & Senate.  We are now way ahead of where we were this time last year in getting homebrew bills passed.

Mississippi homebrew legalization bill SB2138 passed the Senate earlier and should be getting a House committee assignment shortly. 
Title: Re: AHA Action Alerts and other Government Affairs info
Post by: garyg on February 25, 2013, 07:03:04 PM
Alabama residents, support homebrew legalization bills. With HB9 and SB171 both clearing committee votes last week, these bills could now come up for a full vote before their respective chambers with very short notice. Now is the time for Alabama residents to contact the state Representative and Senator for their district and ask them to support HB9 and SB171, respectively. See the action alert at ow.ly/i26PU.

Non-Alabama residents should not contact Alabama legislators, as contacts from out side the state could actually jeopardize passage of the bills.
Title: Re: AHA Action Alerts and other Government Affairs info
Post by: garyg on February 26, 2013, 05:25:53 PM
Mississippi homebrew legalization bill SB 2183 was passed by the House Ways and Means committee this morning. Next it will go to the full House for a vote. If passed by the House, it then goes on to the Governor to sign into law. We're getting close!
Title: Re: AHA Action Alerts and other Government Affairs info
Post by: garyg on March 04, 2013, 01:06:39 AM
Mississippi residents support homebrew legalization bill SB2183. Contact your state House Reps now! This bill could be called up for a vote before the full House at any time. This is the last step before the bill goes to the Governor. See the action alert at http://bit.ly/YBqi7i.
Title: Re: AHA Action Alerts and other Government Affairs info
Post by: Beertracker on March 06, 2013, 02:05:59 PM
I'm NOT sure if this is the right place to post, but I'm having significant trouble trying to login to vote for the AHA Governing Committee. It locked me out after only two attempts at logging in with this message "Error: We could not create your new user account. Have an Account? Please login in order to access this content." Isn't it the same log in info. used to access these forums? Any suggestions? I would like to vote!  >:(
Title: Re: AHA Action Alerts and other Government Affairs info
Post by: bonjour on March 06, 2013, 02:13:47 PM
I'm NOT sure if this is the right place to post, but I'm having significant trouble trying to login to vote for the AHA Governing Committee. It locked me out after only two attempts at logging in with this message "Error: We could not create your new user account. Have an Account? Please login in order to access this content." Isn't it the same log in info. used to access these forums? Any suggestions? I would like to vote!  >:(
This belongs in Questions about . . .
The forum is open to anyone, the AHA member pages (and GC voting) are restricted to AHA members only, so these are two separate accounts.  Use the forgot link (keep your AHA number handy) and see if that gets you in. 

Who to vote for?  That's your choice, but I do have my opinion ;-)   

Fred
Title: Re: AHA Action Alerts and other Government Affairs info
Post by: garyg on March 06, 2013, 02:54:02 PM
Mississippi homebrew bill SB 2183 will likely come up for a vote before the House this morning, shortly after the House convenes at 10 am local time.  If passed, the bill goes on to the Governor. 

We are so close to getting this done!

I'm NOT sure if this is the right place to post, but I'm having significant trouble trying to login to vote for the AHA Governing Committee. It locked me out after only two attempts at logging in with this message "Error: We could not create your new user account. Have an Account? Please login in order to access this content." Isn't it the same log in info. used to access these forums? Any suggestions? I would like to vote!  >:(

Hi Jeff, when you originally created your account, you would have had the same username and password for both HomebrewersAssociation.org and the AHA Forum.  However, if you later changed your username or password on the Forum, those changes would not be reflected on HomebrewersAssociation.org.  If following the login prompts on HomebrewersAssociation.org does not get you through, contact our Member Services department at info@brewersassociation.org or 888-822-6273.  They can guide you through the process.

Thank you for voting!  I highly encourage every AHA member to vote.  The Governing Committee members have tremendous influence over your association, more so now than ever in the past. 
Title: Re: AHA Action Alerts and other Government Affairs info
Post by: theDarkSide on March 06, 2013, 03:05:05 PM

Who to vote for?  That's your choice, but I do have my opinion ;-)   

Besides their bios on the AHA site, The Brewing Network will be doing interviews with all the candidates in the month of March.  In the past, they've done them at the beginning of the Sunday Session, so you don't have to wait until the end of the program.  Check out their webite, http://www.thebrewingnetwork.com for the show schedule (sometimes their Sunday Session is on Monday).

Fred...when are you going to be on?
Title: Re: AHA Action Alerts and other Government Affairs info
Post by: bonjour on March 06, 2013, 03:08:08 PM

Who to vote for?  That's your choice, but I do have my opinion ;-)   

Besides their bios on the AHA site, The Brewing Network will be doing interviews with all the candidates in the month of March.  In the past, they've done them at the beginning of the Sunday Session, so you don't have to wait until the end of the program.  Check out their webite, http://www.thebrewingnetwork.com for the show schedule.

Fred...when are you going to be on?
9:50pm EST on Monday March 18.
Title: Re: AHA Action Alerts and other Government Affairs info
Post by: garyg on March 06, 2013, 04:33:26 PM
The Mississippi homebrew bill passed the House this morning!  It now goes to the Governor to sign into law.
Title: Re: AHA Action Alerts and other Government Affairs info
Post by: denny on March 06, 2013, 04:34:39 PM
Cool!
Title: Re: AHA Action Alerts and other Government Affairs info
Post by: udubdawg on March 06, 2013, 04:55:15 PM
Awesome progress this year!  Hopefully Mississippi/Alabama will join us shortly!
Title: Re: AHA Action Alerts and other Government Affairs info
Post by: theDarkSide on March 06, 2013, 06:08:34 PM
(http://www.glensfallsregion.com/gourmet/images/beer-cheers-toasting.jpg)
Title: Re: AHA Action Alerts and other Government Affairs info
Post by: deepsouth on March 06, 2013, 06:22:55 PM
The Mississippi homebrew bill passed the House this morning!  It now goes to the Governor to sign into law.

thanks for all your work with bill and craig and the rest of the ryp crew.
Title: Re: AHA Action Alerts and other Government Affairs info
Post by: bluesman on March 06, 2013, 07:39:44 PM
The Mississippi homebrew bill passed the House this morning!  It now goes to the Governor to sign into law.

thanks for all your work with bill and craig and the rest of the ryp crew.

Congrats to all involved! :)
Title: Re: AHA Action Alerts and other Government Affairs info
Post by: duxx on March 06, 2013, 08:02:04 PM
Congrats to Mississippi Brewers!
Title: Re: AHA Action Alerts and other Government Affairs info
Post by: garyg on March 06, 2013, 11:15:51 PM
We just sent out this action alert to Mississippi residents: http://bit.ly/YdtZQz.  If you live in Mississippi, contact Governor Bryant's office and POLITELY ask him to sign SB 2183 to legalize homebrewing in your state.

If he signs the bill, the law will go into effect July 1, 2013.
Title: Re: AHA Action Alerts and other Government Affairs info
Post by: garyg on March 19, 2013, 03:29:03 PM
Mississippi Governor Phil Bryant has signed a bill that will legalize homebrewing in the state. The new law goes into effect July 1, 2013.  Congratulations to everyone at Raise Your Pints, particularly Craig Hendry and Butch Bailey, and the homebrewers of Mississippi who worked so hard over the last few years to make this a reality.

Now if the Alabama state legislature can get moving on passing bills, perhaps we can make 2013 the year that homebrewing became legal in all 50 states.
Title: Re: AHA Action Alerts and other Government Affairs info
Post by: theDarkSide on March 19, 2013, 03:36:23 PM
Officially...Congratulations Mississippi!!!!
Title: Re: AHA Action Alerts and other Government Affairs info
Post by: denny on March 19, 2013, 05:14:17 PM
Congratulations MS homebrewers!  And great job, Gary!
Title: Re: AHA Action Alerts and other Government Affairs info
Post by: hopfenundmalz on March 19, 2013, 06:41:57 PM
One more box checked. Someone has to last. Come on Alabama and finish the list.
Title: Re: AHA Action Alerts and other Government Affairs info
Post by: garyg on March 21, 2013, 08:19:24 PM
Kansas residents, contact your state House representative in support of HB 2223 to allow homebrew to be served outside the home for club meetings & competitions. See the action alert: http://bit.ly/13fOnte
Title: Re: AHA Action Alerts and other Government Affairs info
Post by: garyg on April 03, 2013, 12:41:28 AM
The Alabama House passed the homebrew legalization bill today. Now we need the Senate to schedule a vote on their version of the bill.  That bill has already passed a Senate committee hearing.
Title: Re: AHA Action Alerts and other Government Affairs info
Post by: udubdawg on April 03, 2013, 01:00:43 AM
holy crap; nice job Alabama!
Title: Re: AHA Action Alerts and other Government Affairs info
Post by: theDarkSide on April 03, 2013, 01:18:48 PM
Woohoo!!
Title: Re: AHA Action Alerts and other Government Affairs info
Post by: denny on April 03, 2013, 04:06:12 PM
Holding my breath....
Title: Re: AHA Action Alerts and other Government Affairs info
Post by: bluesman on April 03, 2013, 04:24:06 PM
Well done...fingers crossed.
Title: Re: AHA Action Alerts and other Government Affairs info
Post by: gymrat on April 03, 2013, 04:26:53 PM
Kansas residents, contact your state House representative in support of HB 2223 to allow homebrew to be served outside the home for club meetings & competitions. See the action alert: http://bit.ly/13fOnte

They added a supplemental note to this bill making it still illegal to share with my friends in my home.
Title: Re: AHA Action Alerts and other Government Affairs info
Post by: garyg on April 03, 2013, 06:10:11 PM
Kansas residents, contact your state House representative in support of HB 2223 to allow homebrew to be served outside the home for club meetings & competitions. See the action alert: http://bit.ly/13fOnte

They added a supplemental note to this bill making it still illegal to share with my friends in my home.

I think you may be misinterpreting the bill.  The substitute (http://www.kslegislature.org/li/b2013_14/measures/documents/hb2223_01_0000.pdf) allows for serving to "guests" which is defined as people invited by the host as opposed to the general public.  If you invite a friend into your home, you can serve them your homebrew under this bill.  What you could not do would be to serve homebrew at an event open to the public (such as a beer festival).
Title: Re: AHA Action Alerts and other Government Affairs info
Post by: gsandel on April 03, 2013, 07:54:33 PM
I am a land development guy that specializes in zoning and land entitlements, the biggest thing about operating out of your home (or garage) is to understand what is allowed in the zone district (zoning) for  your property.  Also understand the details in your local municipality about the rules and criteria of permissible home occupations.

Lastly is understanding building codes.  Your garage may technically not be suited for a M (mercantile) occupancy associated with a storefront with customers, but may be suitable for warehouse (ie internet, phone, or delivery sales).  Understanding and defining your use within the confines of the applicable code is the key.
Title: Re: AHA Action Alerts and other Government Affairs info
Post by: gymrat on April 03, 2013, 08:04:02 PM
Kansas residents, contact your state House representative in support of HB 2223 to allow homebrew to be served outside the home for club meetings & competitions. See the action alert: http://bit.ly/13fOnte

That isn't the supplemental note. The supplemental note removes the wording allowing me to serve house guests. If I was on my computer I would give you the link.
They added a supplemental note to this bill making it still illegal to share with my friends in my home.

I think you may be misinterpreting the bill.  The substitute (http://www.kslegislature.org/li/b2013_14/measures/documents/hb2223_01_0000.pdf) allows for serving to "guests" which is defined as people invited by the host as opposed to the general public.  If you invite a friend into your home, you can serve them your homebrew under this bill.  What you could not do would be to serve homebrew at an event open to the public (such as a beer festival).
Title: Re: AHA Action Alerts and other Government Affairs info
Post by: gymrat on April 03, 2013, 08:14:09 PM
http://www.kslegislature.org/li/b2013_14/measures/hb2223/
Read the supplemental note SN to the sustitute bill. Then let me know if I am misinterpreting.
Title: Re: AHA Action Alerts and other Government Affairs info
Post by: gymrat on April 03, 2013, 08:17:50 PM
Hopefully this will work.
http://www.kslegislature.org/li/b2013_14/measures/documents/supp_note_hb2223_01_0000.pdf
Title: Re: AHA Action Alerts and other Government Affairs info
Post by: garyg on April 03, 2013, 10:25:43 PM
Hopefully this will work.
http://www.kslegislature.org/li/b2013_14/measures/documents/supp_note_hb2223_01_0000.pdf

That's just the notes describing what happened during the committee hearing, that is not the actual bill.  The previous link I posted was the actual substitute bill. 

The original bill is here: http://www.kslegislature.org/li/b2013_14/measures/documents/hb2223_00_0000.pdf.  They are substantially different (as I recall, the original bill was based on the Wisconsin bill that passed last year). 

In reading these bills, the text in italics is what is being added to the existing code and text that is in strikethrough is what is being deleted from the existing code.
Title: Re: AHA Action Alerts and other Government Affairs info
Post by: gymrat on April 03, 2013, 10:29:34 PM
Thankyou for the clarification.
Title: Re: AHA Action Alerts and other Government Affairs info
Post by: garyg on April 17, 2013, 03:18:07 PM
Illinois residents contact your legislators in support of HB630 to allow you to legally share your homebrew and transport your brews for competitions, club meetings, festivals, etc. The bill could go to a vote before the House as soon as today!

See the action alert at bit.ly/15iVph0

This bill is the result of the dedicated work of the homebrew club and shop representatives on the Illinois Homebrewers Alliance in negotiation with the Associated Beer Distributors of Illinois (ABDI). ABDI has the power to make or break this bill, so it is great that the IHA and ABDI have come up with a mutually agreed upon solution.
Title: Re: AHA Action Alerts and other Government Affairs info
Post by: garyg on April 17, 2013, 04:17:50 PM
Illinois residents contact your legislators in support of HB630 to allow you to legally share your homebrew and transport your brews for competitions, club meetings, festivals, etc. The bill could go to a vote before the House as soon as today!

HB630 passed the House unanimously this morning! Now on to the Senate.
Title: Re: AHA Action Alerts and other Government Affairs info
Post by: denny on April 17, 2013, 05:04:30 PM
Cool!
Title: Re: AHA Action Alerts and other Government Affairs info
Post by: garyg on April 29, 2013, 06:36:48 PM
Alabama residents: Time is running out to legalize homebrewing this year. Your immediate action is needed now! See the Action Alert at ow.ly/kxlWW
Title: Re: AHA Action Alerts and other Government Affairs info
Post by: garyg on May 02, 2013, 10:30:06 PM
Illinois residents, support HB630 to legalize removal of homebrew from the home for competitions, competitions, club meetings, etc.  The bill will also allow for homebrew shops to brew onsite for demonstration purposes and serve samples of homemade beer and wine.  Senate vote could happen Friday, May 7. See the action alert at http://ow.ly/kEznH
Title: Re: AHA Action Alerts and other Government Affairs info
Post by: gymrat on May 08, 2013, 02:10:00 PM
Does anybody know what is going on with the Kansas home brew bill?
Title: Re: AHA Action Alerts and other Government Affairs info
Post by: garyg on May 08, 2013, 02:51:23 PM
The Alabama Senate passed HB9, the homebrew bill last night 18-7-1. It now goes on to Governor Bentley to sign. We'll get an action alert out soon to encourage Alabama residents to contact the Governor's office. The state's neo-prohibitionists will be calling on him to veto.
Title: Re: AHA Action Alerts and other Government Affairs info
Post by: theDarkSide on May 10, 2013, 12:02:14 PM
Congratulations to Alabama for officially legalizing homebrewing!!!

http://www.alahomebrewing.org/news
http://blog.al.com/wire/2013/05/gov_robert_bentley_signs_home.html
Title: Re: AHA Action Alerts and other Government Affairs info
Post by: garyg on May 10, 2013, 03:56:38 PM
Yes, it's true, the Governor of Alabama signed HB 9 the homebrew legalization bill yesterday. Homebrewing is now legal in Alabama, and as of July 1, when the Mississippi law goes into effect will be legal in all 50 states for the first time since before prohibition!
Title: Re: AHA Action Alerts and other Government Affairs info
Post by: udubdawg on May 10, 2013, 04:18:55 PM
Does anybody know what is going on with the Kansas home brew bill?

Per Steve Cook, nothing is going to happen this year, at least in terms of a law...

bummer, but happy for Alabama and Mississippi at least. 
As of July 1, will there be any other states where competitions are illegal?  Hmm.
Title: Re: AHA Action Alerts and other Government Affairs info
Post by: garyg on May 10, 2013, 04:37:40 PM
Does anybody know what is going on with the Kansas home brew bill?

As of July 1, will there be any other states where competitions are illegal?  Hmm.

The Kansas bill is indeed dead. It got off to a bit of a late start. There was an attempt to get it added on to another bill, but that procedure was determined to be in violation of legislature rules.

There is currently legislation pending in Illinois and Missouri that would legalize transport of homebrew for competitions, club meetings, etc. The Missouri House may have doomed the MO legislation by tacking on an amendment dealing with beer wholesalers. I have not yet seen the text of that amendment.

Georgia and Iowa both passed homebrew transportation bills earlier this year.  I know there is a bill drafted in Ohio, but I haven't heard the status on that in a while.  There likely are other states with transport issues, but we've come a long way in the last few years.
Title: Re: AHA Action Alerts and other Government Affairs info
Post by: udubdawg on May 10, 2013, 04:53:08 PM
thanks for keeping us up-to-date Gary.

Illinois looks to be in pretty good shape.  Passed House 118-0, and passed second reading in Senate; just needs to be voted on in Senate.  Hopefully the homebrewing community will receive more good news soon.
Title: Re: AHA Action Alerts and other Government Affairs info
Post by: garyg on May 15, 2013, 09:53:05 PM
The Illinois Senate passed homebrewing rights bill HB630 today, sending it on to the Governor. The bill formally legalizes transport of homebrew for club meetings and competitions and allows homebrew shops to hold brewing demonstrations and offer samples to customers.

The Missouri Senate rejected an amendment added by the House to a similar homebrew bill that would grant sweeping powers to the state's alcohol beverage distributors. The homebrew bill could still survive if the House votes in favor of Senate version of the bill before the 2013 session ends Friday, May 17.
Title: Re: AHA Action Alerts and other Government Affairs info
Post by: phunhog on October 22, 2013, 01:55:08 AM
Surprisingly I haven't seen much on this. In California Gov. Brown signed AB 1425 into law on 10/1.  It allows non profits to accept donations of homebrewed wine and beer and sell them at charity fundraisers....such as beer festivals.   This is going to be great for CA homebrewers!!  Here is some more info.   http://napavalleyregister.com/lifestyles/food-and-cooking/wine/governor-signs-bill-to-allow-homemade-wine-and-beer-charity/article_95e84a10-2c6b-11e3-93d5-001a4bcf887a.html

http://leginfo.legislature.ca.gov/faces/billNavClient.xhtml?bill_id=201320140AB1425
Title: Re: AHA Action Alerts and other Government Affairs info
Post by: garyg on October 22, 2013, 05:11:41 PM
I hadn't heard anything about this bill until it was signed by Governor Brown.  Apparently it was pushed primarily by home winemakers rather than homebrewers.  Allowing contributions to nonprifits is great, however, I do have some concerns that the bill also changed language regarding removal of homemade beer and wine from the home that could be interpreted more narrowly than the existing law. Most likely it will not be an issue, at least for the short term.
Title: Re: AHA Action Alerts and other Government Affairs info
Post by: phunhog on October 23, 2013, 03:29:42 AM
I agree that the new law isn't perfect. I am just happy that now I can donate my beer to a non profit and they can sell it at a fundraising event.
Title: Re: AHA Action Alerts and other Government Affairs info
Post by: garyg on February 03, 2014, 08:44:17 PM
We sent an action alert to members in Kansas today regarding a homebrew bill "Substitute for HB 2223", which will likely be going to a vote before the state House tomorrow (Tuesday, February 4).  This bill would allow for homebrew to be transported outside of the home where made for homebrew club meetings and competitions.  Kansas residents should contact their state House representatives now to request they vote in favor of this bill.

See the alert at: http://www.craftbeer.com/action-alerts/attention-kansas-homebrewers-2.
Title: Re: AHA Action Alerts and other Government Affairs info
Post by: garyg on February 03, 2014, 11:28:19 PM
We just sent another action alert, this time in support of the Mississippi Brewers Guild on an issue that could very negatively affect that state's small commercial breweries.  We urge Mississippi residents to contact their legislators and respectfully ask that they vote no on SB2590/HB1363.

You can see the alert at: http://www.craftbeer.com/action-alerts/action-alert-support-mississippi-small-brewers-oppose-sb2590hb1363.
Title: Re: AHA Action Alerts and other Government Affairs info
Post by: garyg on February 10, 2014, 09:14:01 PM
Kansas homebrewers, support your brewing rights!  Substitute for HB 2223 passed the Kansas House today and now moves on to the Senate.  Please contact the members of the Senate Federal and State Affairs committee as well as the state Senator for your district and ask them to support Substitute for HB 2223.

See the action alert at: http://www.homebrewersassociation.org/recent-alerts/calling-all-kansas-homebrewers/.
Title: Re: AHA Action Alerts and other Government Affairs info
Post by: AmandaK on February 10, 2014, 10:09:49 PM
Kansas homebrewers, support your brewing rights!  Substitute for HB 2223 passed the Kansas House today and now moves on to the Senate.  Please contact the members of the Senate Federal and State Affairs committee as well as the state Senator for your district and ask them to support Substitute for HB 2223.

See the action alert at: http://www.homebrewersassociation.org/recent-alerts/calling-all-kansas-homebrewers/.

Woot!! 111 yea to 7 nay. I'm in full harassment mode for the Senate.  8)
Title: Re: AHA Action Alerts and other Government Affairs info
Post by: In The Sand on February 12, 2014, 03:08:08 PM
Why does Florida have such strange laws?  They already allow 32 oz bombers and 1 gal growlers, but nothing in between?  This link (http://www.newsherald.com/news/business/beer-bills-advance-in-state-house-1.276246?page=0) explains the challenges.
Title: Re: AHA Action Alerts and other Government Affairs info
Post by: Stevie on February 12, 2014, 03:14:27 PM
Nice that they are including off-premise sales. Here in texas growler fills at breweries can be given away, but not sold. But then again, we have growler bars popping up like fro-yo shops five years ago and cupcake shops three years ago.
Title: Re: AHA Action Alerts and other Government Affairs info
Post by: garyg on March 24, 2014, 04:10:54 PM
We just posted an Action Alert regarding a Florida bill that if passed would be very bad for Florida's craft breweries: http://www.craftbeer.com/action-alerts/attention-florida-beer-activists-support-your-states-small-brewers.  If you live in Florida, please contact your state Senator.
Title: Re: AHA Action Alerts and other Government Affairs info
Post by: udubdawg on March 24, 2014, 04:28:20 PM
We just posted an Action Alert regarding a Florida bill that if passed would be very bad for Florida's craft breweries: http://www.craftbeer.com/action-alerts/attention-florida-beer-activists-support-your-states-small-brewers.  If you live in Florida, please contact your state Senator.

“anything not specifically authorized . . . is prohibited unless otherwise authorized under the Beverage Law.”

I am Michael's complete lack of surprise.  *sigh*
This entire bill is full of terrible ideas.  Good Luck, Florida...

Title: Re: AHA Action Alerts and other Government Affairs info
Post by: udubdawg on April 28, 2014, 01:14:05 PM
KS bill signed April 17th and published and official April 24th.  For the last 4 days we've finally been able to legally remove beer/wine/cider from the home and give it to others beyond immediate family.  We can legally hold a competition now too.

I'd like to thank the AHA for their help, the Kansas Homebrewers Alliance, people all over the state who talked to their representatives to educate them, and with a special shout-out to Steve Cook, who spearheaded this effort.

cheers--
--Michael
Title: Re: AHA Action Alerts and other Government Affairs info
Post by: garyg on April 29, 2014, 10:24:44 PM
KS bill signed April 17th and published and official April 24th.  For the last 4 days we've finally been able to legally remove beer/wine/cider from the home and give it to others beyond immediate family.  We can legally hold a competition now too.

I'd like to thank the AHA for their help, the Kansas Homebrewers Alliance, people all over the state who talked to their representatives to educate them, and with a special shout-out to Steve Cook, who spearheaded this effort.

cheers--
--Michael

Congrats to all involved in this effort!  Thanks to all of the Kansas homebrewers that contacted legislators.  I know there will be a ceremonial signing of this bill with the Governor later this week.
Title: Re: AHA Action Alerts and other Government Affairs info
Post by: macbrews on April 29, 2014, 11:06:20 PM
KS bill signed April 17th and published and official April 24th.  For the last 4 days we've finally been able to legally remove beer/wine/cider from the home and give it to others beyond immediate family.  We can legally hold a competition now too.

I'd like to thank the AHA for their help, the Kansas Homebrewers Alliance, people all over the state who talked to their representatives to educate them, and with a special shout-out to Steve Cook, who spearheaded this effort.

cheers--
--Michael

So Michael, when's the first competition?

Mac
Title: Re: AHA Action Alerts and other Government Affairs info
Post by: garyg on June 02, 2014, 04:54:58 PM
We just sent out an action alert to our California members about an up-coming Senate hearing for California AB 2609, which would allow for homebrewer organizations to host homebrew events, in particular events like the Southern California Homebrewers Festival and the AHA National Homebrewers Conference.  The bill recently was passed unanimously by the Assembly and is now scheduled for a hearing before the Senate Governmental Organizations Committee.  We ask California homebrewers to write to the committee chair in support of the bill.

You can see the alert at: http://www.homebrewersassociation.org/recent-alerts/legalize-ca-homebrew-events/.
Title: Re: AHA Action Alerts and other Government Affairs info
Post by: BrewArk on June 02, 2014, 05:25:28 PM
My senator & committee chair - check!

Thanks for the update!
Title: Re: AHA Action Alerts and other Government Affairs info
Post by: phunhog on July 11, 2014, 01:35:11 AM
We just sent out an action alert to our California members about an up-coming Senate hearing for California AB 2609, which would allow for homebrewer organizations to host homebrew events, in particular events like the Southern California Homebrewers Festival and the AHA National Homebrewers Conference.  The bill recently was passed unanimously by the Assembly and is now scheduled for a hearing before the Senate Governmental Organizations Committee.  We ask California homebrewers to write to the committee chair in support of the bill.

You can see the alert at: http://www.homebrewersassociation.org/recent-alerts/legalize-ca-homebrew-events/.
Gary....I am glad that so far AB 2609 been passing easily. However I am confused by a recent amendment (7/2) to AB 2609.   It reads.....Beer or wine produced pursuant to this section may only be provided or served to the public pursuant to paragraphs (1) and (3) within a clearly identified area, that includes, but is not limited to, a physical barrier with a monitored point of entry. Beer or wine produced by a beer manufacturer or winegrower as defined in Sections 23012 and 23013, respectively, and licensed by the department, shall not be provided or served to the public within this area.
It seems to me that homebrewed beer/wine has to be served in a seperate area than commercial beer/wine and you have to have a "hall monitor" watching people go in and out?   Is that true?
The problem I have with it is I am currently donating homebrew to various charities/non profit events.  These events also feature commercial beer/wine to some degree.  It is highly doubtful that anyone is going to set up a special area complete with a physical barrier and monitored point of entry just because there is homemade beer/wine.  So any idea why this ridiculous amendment was put into AB 2609?
Title: Re: AHA Action Alerts and other Government Affairs info
Post by: garyg on July 11, 2014, 03:43:11 PM
Gary....I am glad that so far AB 2609 been passing easily. However I am confused by a recent amendment (7/2) to AB 2609.   It reads.....Beer or wine produced pursuant to this section may only be provided or served to the public pursuant to paragraphs (1) and (3) within a clearly identified area, that includes, but is not limited to, a physical barrier with a monitored point of entry. Beer or wine produced by a beer manufacturer or winegrower as defined in Sections 23012 and 23013, respectively, and licensed by the department, shall not be provided or served to the public within this area.
It seems to me that homebrewed beer/wine has to be served in a seperate area than commercial beer/wine and you have to have a "hall monitor" watching people go in and out?   Is that true?
The problem I have with it is I am currently donating homebrew to various charities/non profit events.  These events also feature commercial beer/wine to some degree.  It is highly doubtful that anyone is going to set up a special area complete with a physical barrier and monitored point of entry just because there is homemade beer/wine.  So any idea why this ridiculous amendment was put into AB 2609?
I really have no idea where that amendment came from.  We didn't get any forewarning on that one.

My reading of it is that it is intended to differentiate commercial beverages from homemade beverages.  Some rope stanchions or something similar to differentiate the space would probably be sufficient.  This amendment only applies to events open to the public.
Title: Re: AHA Action Alerts and other Government Affairs info
Post by: garyg on August 12, 2014, 06:36:19 PM
The California homebrew bill AB 2609, which allows for homebrewer organizations to host homebrew events, like the Southern California Homebrewers Festival and the AHA National Homebrewers Conference, has now cleared the legislature and is awaiting Governor Brown's signature. Yesterday, the Assembly concurred with the Senate amended version of the bill. The bill passed all committee hearings and votes in both the Assembly and Senate unanimously, thanks to all of the contacts with legislators from homebrewers.  Thank you to all of the California homebrewers who have contacted their legislators!

The Governor's signature is the final hurdle.  The bill sponsor, Assemblyman Brian Nestande, has requested that the state's homebrewers contact the Governor's office (mail or fax are best, emails are not actively counted, so have much less influence).  See the action alert we sent to all California AHA members on Friday for more details: http://www.homebrewersassociation.org/recent-alerts/california-action-needed/.
Title: Re: AHA Action Alerts and other Government Affairs info
Post by: garyg on August 22, 2014, 07:46:43 PM
As you may have seen posted elsewhere, Governor Brown signed California AB 2609 yesterday, meaning homebrewer organizations like the AHA and the California Homebrewers Association can once again legally host homebrewer events in the state. 

Thank you to all of the California homebrewers that reached out to their legislators and the governor's office.  This bill did not have a single "no" vote at any point in the process, thanks in large part to all of the communications from homebrewers.

Thanks also to Christy Elshof and the California Homebrewers Association board for really driving this issue.

I hope to see you all at the AHA National Homebrewers Conference in San Diego next June!
Title: Re: AHA Action Alerts and other Government Affairs info
Post by: duncan on April 21, 2015, 05:31:47 PM
Visit the Brewers Association current issues (http://www.brewersassociation.org/category/current-issues/)page for an update on legal and legislative matters that occured in April 2015!

Cheers,
Duncan
Title: Re: AHA Action Alerts and other Government Affairs info
Post by: stevep on February 08, 2017, 05:56:23 PM
The AHA sent out an action alert yesterday to our Nebraska members about an up-coming committee hearing for Nebraska Legislative Bill 254, which would allow for homebrewers to transport serve homebrew at events and festivals.

LB254 is scheduled for a hearing before the General Affairs Committee on February 13. We ask Nebraska homebrewers to write or call members of the committee in support of the bill.

You can see the alert at: https://www.homebrewersassociation.org/recent-alerts/please-urge-nebraska-legislature-support-lb254/
Title: Re: AHA Action Alerts and other Government Affairs info
Post by: goose on July 06, 2018, 01:58:14 PM
That is great news for Wisconsin!  Now hopefully we can get something done in Ohio!