Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Committee Hearing on HB 2094

House Bill 2094, Rep. Jessica Farrar's bill that would allow Texas microbrewers to sell their product on the premises of their breweries, received a hearing today before the Committee on Licensing and Administrative Procedures. I'll have a fuller report on The Austin Chronicle's news blog after I get some calls returned, but here is the short-and-sweet version:

Nearly all of Texas' microbrewery owners showed up and testified in favor of the bill, as did at least one distributor, but predictably, Mike McKinney of the Wholesale Beer Distributors of Texas spoke out against it, and made the really curious argument that killing this bill would actually be good for microbrewers, and that WBDT was just looking out for the brewers' best interests. No, didn't make much sense to me, either. The bill ultimately was left pending in the committee. (If you're unfamiliar with Lege processes, that means no action was taken; hopefully, it will be brought up for a vote at a later meeting.)

If you have Real Player, you can view archived video the committee meeting here.
(You can download a free version of Real Player at www.real.com.) The portion of the meeting that pertains to HB 2094 begins exactly at the 54-minute mark.

5 comments:

Anonymous said...

Thanks for the report, Lee. Just a heads up for folks in Houston that Brock Wagner will be speaking about the bill live tomorrow on KTRH Radio at 8:30 a.m.

Dan Keeney said...

Thanks for the report, Lee. Just a heads up for folks in Houston that Brock Wagner will be speaking about the bill live tomorrow on KTRH Radio at 8:30 a.m.

Disclosure: I work with Saint Arnold.

Steve said...

I think the brewers did a great job of explaining how this bill would benefit the breweries without having any affect on the three tier system. Although, it was quite funny to hear Mr. McKinney basically state that no brewery can or would ever exist if it wasn't for the WBDT. And he didn't explain how exactly this bill "would turn the three tier system on its head".

Bill Shirley said...

Cautiously Hopeful.

Re: Real Player.
WTF? Did microsoft give them free technology. How inaccessible could they make the video?

Machuca said...

Maybe the brewers should get their own "good-ole-boy" to get up there and talk slow.