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Legislation Alert: Idaho Proposes Homebrew Bill
« on: February 21, 2020, 04:04:43 PM »
If you are a beer enthusiast and/or homebrewer in the state of Idaho, please continue reading. If not, please do not contact the legislative of Idaho.

Dear Idaho Homebrewers,

House Bill 502 (H502) would remove the requirement for "native grown product" in the production of home brewing beer. The term "native" is not defined as applied to home brewing, and homebrewers would like to continue to produce beers for personal consumption that may use products grown out of state.

Status of Bill
H502 has passed the Idaho State Affairs Committee with a Do Pass recommendation and filed for a second reading on the House floor. We need the Idaho House of Representatives to pass the bill.

How Can You Help?
Write to your state representative by February 24 urging them to pass House Bill 502 (H502). See the sample text below (feel free to customize your message).

Here's How to Get Involved
All written comments should be submitted through the links of your state representative. Make sure to mention in your subject line/email House Bill 502 (H502) and for your message to be admitted on record.

Find your state representative here.
https://legislature.idaho.gov/legislators/whosmylegislator/

Dear [State Representative Name],

I am writing to urge you to pass House Bill 502 (H502) when introduced and put to a vote on the Idaho House of Representative floor.

House Bill 502 is a fair bill that would benefit and grow the number of homebrew supply stores across the state that support thousands of homebrewers and their communities. The bill removes the requirement for "native grown product" in the production of homebrewing beer and adds new language that defines the amounts of beer that can be produced by homebrewing for personal use. As a result, this change will remove confusion surrounding the term "native" and adopt federal legislative language around quantity limitations for homebrew.

Idaho's economy will benefit from passage of House Bill 502. The majority of the more than 7,000 breweries now operating in the United States, including over 74 in Idaho, were founded by homebrewers. Successful breweries help build a vibrant homebrewing community, which fosters the growth of locally owned businesses, contributing jobs and tax revenue to Idaho's economy.

I strongly urge you to pass House Bill 502. It is the right thing to do for Idaho's homebrewers, craft breweries, and economy.

Sincerely,

[Your Name]
[Email]

Thank you for your attention to this action alert and support of homebrewing.

Sincerely,

Gary Glass
Director
American Homebrewers Association

John Moorhead
Competition Coordinator
American Homebrewers Association

LINKS:

https://legislature.idaho.gov/sessioninfo/2020/legislation/H0502/
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