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.
Below are the written comments submitted by Tony Essalih in today's Senate Business and Commerce Committee hearings for SB 515-18
** Note, original post indicated these were a written version of verbal comments. These were actually submitted into the record in writing only - Tony did not speak during the hearing itself . The post title and introduction have been updated to clarify this **
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.