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Legislative Update: Commentary on the Craft Beer Bills

As consumers who have led the charge in advocating for craft beer, we knew it would be an uphill fight against entrenched and powerful interests in Austin.  Changing the law is no easy feat, particularly when many of those laws date back to the Prohibition Era.

Legislative Update: Craft Beer Bill Summaries

Craft Beer Bill Summaries (as passed by the Senate Committee on Business and Commerce):

Legislative Update: 1st Hurdle Overcome- Senate Business & Commerce Committee Passes Craft Bill Package

1st Hurdle Overcome: Senate Business & Commerce Committee Passes Craft Bill Package

Take Action: Call the Senate Committee!

With a potential vote slated for tomorrow, we have a small window of time to reach out to the Senate Business & Commerce Committee, and it's chair- Senator Carona. Let your voice be heard!
Please call into the Committee office 512-463-0365 or Chairman Carona’s office 512-463-0116 with the following ask:

A Note on Politics, Beer, and What's to Come

Back in the fall of 2011 I remember sitting at a picnic table at the Petrol Station in Houston, TX and hashing out the broad strokes of an organization that would eventually become Open The Taps.
These few years later I’ve learned two things about the political process in in the Great State of Texas:
1.       Discussion and debate in Austin is filled with nuance and grey area – much more than I ever imagined, and issues I thought were purely black or white are more complex in almost all cases

Legislative Update: Senate Hearing Recap

Tuesday, March 5th, 2013, The Senate Committee on Business and Commerce held a hearing, the first step in the lawmaking process (see our previous post here for an overview on the steps), and one of our board members, Leslie, was able to attend and testify in favor of SB 515-518.

Legislative Update: Senate Hearing

The first legislative hurdle for the craft beer bills takes place tomorrow morning at 8 am when the Senate Committee on Business and Commerce lays out the four bills (along with numerous others on the agenda) for consideration.  Without getting too deep in the weeds on the legislative process, each bill has essentially five hurdles that need to be cleared before they become laws:  Senate committee approval; full Senate approval; House committee approval; full House approval and finally a signature from the Governor. 

Legislative Update: SB515-518 & Reaching Out!

Opening the Taps Soon?

Legislative Update: Committees, The Guild's bill, etc.

Texas Legislature - The End of the Beginning

"The Macroeconomics of Microbreweries" by The Council of State Governments

We recently came across this article posted in the Council of State Governments that explores craft beerand its' impact in three states: Oregon, Alabama, and North Carolina. We thought we'd share it with our readers as It really captures just how far behind Texas is relative to other states. 

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