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.
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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