I have noticed a trend in homebrewing laws....nothing gets accomplished until someone gets in trouble or at least there is a threat of trouble.
It's actually usually a little simpler than that. Usually everyone hums along just assuming that what we do is a okay, because it's never been pointed out as illegal. We know not to sell, we know to front as a commercial brewery (most of us), etc, etc. Otherwise, we act like - well we're being reasonable and the law must not mind since no one has said boo. Then...
Someone either truely spectactular messes up (not in my experience) or someone or some place with a monetary worry decides to check with their local ABC about the legality of a thing. Because the ABC's rules tend to be restrictive and not permissive, their first reaction is usually "no, you can't" and it's usually backed up by the strict wording in the law. That then means we lose our competitions, festivals, etc. (see Oregon) until we can get the law change. Even in Oregon, where the ABC was super favorable, they had to cancel their activities until they could get the legislature to act. That is the nature of the law, after all.
In the case of AB 1425, AB 2609 that all happened because someone up north wanted to make sure the donation of homebrewed beer and wine for a charity function was legal. The ABC said "what? no!" and so they went to the legislature (without spreading the word and allowing consultation) and passed a law that meant well and tried to close potential loopholes (e.g. no nonprofits that are about beer, etc). Then we had the side effect of the SCHF closure, followed by this years legislative activity and the ABC issuing it's clarification rulings.
It almost always begins as something well meaning and so, the debate a lot of folks have is - do we bring attention to what we're doing to attempt to become fully above board/legal or do we let the state slumber while we do this harmless thing? Ultimately, while one is safe and comfortable, we really need to do the other to be truly open about everything! (One of the few rules I remember from my dad - when face with two actions, one that's easy and one that's hard - the one that's hard is almost always the right thing to do)