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 […]