Thursday, February 24, 2011

Could HB 602 and HB 660 Really Pass?

I just got back from a meet-and-greet event at historic Saengerrunde Hall hosted by the Texas Brewers’ Institute intended to promote beermakers’ interests to state legislators and their staffs – in particular, House Bills 602 and 660 – and came away with two major news items:

• One, HB 660 will most likely be amended to take away the self-distribution clause, and

• Two, the lobbyist for the brewers is still hoping to get a true on-site sales bill, and is currently shopping for a legislator to sponsor it.

To read more, please go to my full report at The Austin Chronicle's Newsdesk blog.

(pictured: Freetail Brewing's Scott Metzger chats with legislative staffers Wednesday night. Photo by Lee Nichols)

UPDATE: I also have a story on 602 and 660 in today's issue of the Chronicle. It gives more explanation on what the bills are, but is not as up-to-date as that blog post because it went to press before the Saengerrunde event.

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