Craft Beer Bills Filed in House

Licensing and Administrative Proceedures Chairman Wayne Smith has filled companion bills to Senator Eltife’s SB515-18. The House Bill numbers are HB1763-66. Also, Senators Deuell and Hancock have joined the Senate Bill as Co-Authors. Stay tuned for more.

Senator Carona Issues Statement on Beer Bills

Senator John Carona, chairman of the Senate Business & Commerce¬†Committee¬†(where Senator Eltife’s craft beer bills have been referred) issued the following statement yesterday: “The outlook is bright for legislation to create new opportunities for craft brewers and brewpubs in Texas.¬† For months we have worked to get to this point — several important pieces of … Continued

Senator Van de Putte files Bulk Transfer Bill, Supports Free Markets

Lost in the shuffle of everything else beer related happening at the Capitol, Senator Leticia Van de Putte (D-San Antonio) has filed SB 652, which would allow breweries and wineries to sell their products, in bulk, to distillers to further process into spirits. [Edit: wineries would still be forbidden from selling their wine to distillers … Continued

WBDT-Supported Bill Immediately Slammed by Fellow Distributors

As Senate Bills 515, 516, 517 and 518 progress forward (we’ve added a handful of Senate Co-Authors, bringing the total up to 12 as of the writing of this blog), The Wholesale Beer Distributors of Texas have introduced their own legislation, which has been met by immediate backlash by other industry stakeholders, including some fellow … Continued

Press Round-Up for Feb 11-15

Just a quick round up of Press Reports on Craft Beer Legislation for the week. Ronnie Crocker broke the news of the beer bills on his Beer, TX Blog with this post. A more extensive story on the legislation ran the next day in the Houston Chronicle and San Antonio Express-News. (They are the same … Continued

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