Alcohol Day in Annapolis Today & Monday

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As it has become affectionately known, today and Monday are “alcohol day,” when local and statewide alcohol legislation is heard in the respective committees.  First up is the Senate whose Education, Health & Environmental Affairs (EHEA) Committee will wade through the various bills.  On Monday comes the House Economic Matters Committee (ECM).  Here is an overview of some of the legislation coming up for discussion:

SB755 & HB228 - A bill legalizing corkage at restaurants, private clubs and hotels.

SB386 & HB717 - A bill to allow for guided tours of distilleries with sampling (here’s a companion piece that would do the same for rectifiers, or processing facilities that are not the primary manufacturing site SB1018 & HB1316)

SB627 & HB767 - A bill that would allow multiple restaurant licenses to be held by the same entity.  As most of us already know, one can hold only one liquor license in Maryland per person … except see below.

SB762 (no companion House legislation yet) - A bill that would allow an alcohol store to open at most 4 other locations in MD as long as they were not in the same county and sold at least 85% alcohol (e.g. no supermarkets).  Hey, it’s a start.

SB957 & HB1127 - A bill to allow micro-breweries and brewpubs to offer samples and direct distribute its products on a wholesale basis.

SB757 & HB1128 - A bill creating a tax credit for vineyard creation.

HB1266 (no companion Senate legislation yet) – A bill that would empower local jurisdictions to determine whether Sunday sales could happen without going through the General Assembly.

Click here for a link to all the alcohol bills.  As always, please contact your elected officials to weigh in on any of these issues.  Hope to see you in Annapolis!

Tastefully yours,

Adam Borden
Marylanders for Better Beer & Wine Laws
4315 Underwood Road
Baltimore, MD 21218
Tel: (443) 570-8102

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