Posts Tagged ‘Governor Brown’

Build It and They Will Come: Craft Products Get New Privileges in CA and TX

by Rebecca Stamey-White 12.01.13

Big news for craft producers in California and Texas, two of the biggest consumer markets in the United States: Texas craft brewers and distillers now have expanded retail sale and on-sale consumption privileges and California craft distillers have expanded tasting privileges as a result of newly enacted legislation.  But why does this matter?  Why is it important to give craft producers more control over the experience consumers enjoy on their premises? While now such an essential part of California culture, it is almost hard to remember that the big business of California wine country tourism is a relatively new phenomenon.  It was less than forty years ago in 1976 that the Judging of Paris famously put California wine on the global map and helped shape what is now the fourth largest wine-producing region in the world.  The demand for California wine in the 1970’s fueled rapid growth and the number… Read more

AB 1128: Veto of the “Serve a Minor” Felony Penalty Bill, or How to Lose a Winery in One Sale

by John Hinman 10.28.13

On May 20th we wrote a blog on the dangerous nature of AB 1128, which would have elevated the penalty for furnishing alcohol to a minor from a misdemeanor to a felony.  This was one of the most pernicious anti-alcoholic beverage industry (and anti-parent) bills in the history of California. It snuck through the legislature because most folks simply didn’t want to be seen as encouraging in any way youth alcohol use; regardless of the circumstances or the context. We are pleased to report that Governor Brown vetoed the bill and sent the following message: BILL NUMBER:  AB 1128 VETOED       DATE: 10/12/2013 To the Members of the California State Assembly: I am returning Assembly Bill 1128 without my signature. This bill would allow a felony to be charged if a person knowingly provides alcohol to an underage drinker, whose alcohol consumption thereafter causes injury or death. The behavior targeted by… Read more