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!