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Big Beer Bill Filed in Senate

The Committee on Regulated Industries has filed a proposed committee bill (SPB 7120) in the Senate, backed, presumably, by Big Beer (generally the Florida Beer Wholesalers Association who appear beholden to Anheuser Busch).  Florida Senate President Don Gaetz acknowledged  earlier that “one of very best friends is an Anheuser-Busch distributor” and that he will vote however his buddy tells him to vote.  He was unable to explain any of the issues or provide any further reasoning for why he would back a bill created to stifle a burgeoning industry in Florida.  He did tell the AP writer the following: “I don’t know”. It’s true. He doesn’t. Gaetz humorously vowed earlier to encourage ethical government decisions (oops). 

The Committee on Regulated Industries includes Maria Lorts Sachs, who filed an amendment to kill last year’s growler bill.  Her amendment last year would have restricted growler […]

By |March 21st, 2014|Blog|4 Comments

The Big Beer Bill to Stifle Florida Craft Beer was Filed in the House

The bill we knew was coming (“Big Beer Bill”) in the aftermath of the self serving comments from Eric Criss just a month ago was filed in the Florida House of Representatives yesterday.  Criss is president of Beer Industry of Florida, Inc., a Tallahassee-based trade association of Florida’s largest beer distributors.

Criss (not so) implicitly gave the beer distributors credit for drunk driving fatalities, arrests and convictions dropping.  He added that it was the three tier system that followed prohibition and the role of distributors that helped curb social problems such as high-volume drinking, domestic violence and worse (credit to him for an attempt to instill fear in the hearts of unsuspecting readers that have not yet reached the part of the article that says who he is and why he is writing the piece).  Of course, the misplaced argument fails to mention that other laws […]

By |March 4th, 2014|Blog|15 Comments