Legislative

Last Call: Some Florida Bars to Reopen at Half Capacity Monday; Union Craft Takes Action on Harassment Claims

Last Call: Some Florida Bars to Reopen at Half Capacity Monday; Union Craft Takes Action on Harassment Claims

Some Florida bars and breweries that don’t serve food will be able to reopen for service at 50% capacity on Monday. Halsey Beshears, Florida’s secretary of the Department of Business and Professional Regulation, tweeted Thursday evening that Gov. Ron DeSantis had rescinded the executive order that forced them to close in June.

Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf Calls for Cannabis Legalization and State Alcohol Tax Relief

Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf Calls for Cannabis Legalization and State Alcohol Tax Relief

In his fall legislative agenda, Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf urged the state Legislature to legalize recreational marijuana and use proceeds from its sale to support business grants and restorative justice programs, as well as pass a six-month reduction or cancellation of the state’s alcohol tax on the hospitality industry.

President Trump Ends Tariff Exemption on Canadian Aluminum

President Trump Ends Tariff Exemption on Canadian Aluminum

With the nation’s can supply tightening, President Donald Trump yesterday announced the reimposition of a 10% tariff on Canadian aluminum, claiming that America’s neighbor to the north was flooding the market.

Massachusetts Legislative Session Extended, Leaving Hope for Franchise Law Reform

Massachusetts Legislative Session Extended, Leaving Hope for Franchise Law Reform

The clock seemed to expire last week on Massachusetts craft brewers’ hopes of finally achieving franchise law reform. After finally reaching a compromise with wholesalers after a decade of contentious negotiations, the measure (S. 2841) unanimously passed the Senate but couldn’t get out of the House Ways and Means Committee before the expiration of the legislative session last Friday.

Brewbound Frontlines: Beer Industry Legal Experts Discuss COVID-19 Regulatory Changes

Brewbound Frontlines: Beer Industry Legal Experts Discuss COVID-19 Regulatory Changes

Brewbound Frontlines returns with a live streamed panel discussion with beer industry legal experts on Thursday, July 2 at 3 p.m. EST. McDermott, Will & Emery counsel Nichole Shustack, Kaleo Legal partner Shauna Barnes, and Responsible Hospitality Institute executive director Jim Peters will discuss regulatory changes made during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Legislative Updates: Michigan Considers ‘Social Districts’ for Public Consumption

Legislative Updates: Michigan Considers ‘Social Districts’ for Public Consumption

Michigan legislators are considering a bill that would extend indefinitely delivery sales of alcoholic beverages for bars and restaurants and create “social districts” in which consumers would be able to drink beer, wine or spirits in a common area outside the walls or designated patio spaces of licensed establishments, according to MLive.com.

Press Clips: Dr. Fauci Cautions on Reopening Too Quickly; California ABC Warns Licensees Over 3rd Party Alcohol Deliveries to Minors

Press Clips: Dr. Fauci Cautions on Reopening Too Quickly; California ABC Warns Licensees Over 3rd Party Alcohol Deliveries to Minors

Dr. Anthony Fauci today cautioned against reopening businesses and other public gathering spaces before states meet guidelines set by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. An investigation by the California Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control (ABC) found that third-party delivery services are “routinely delivering alcoholic beverages to minors,” according to an industry advisory posted by the regulatory agency.

Maine Brewpub Owner Defies Executive Order, Loses Licenses

Maine Brewpub Owner Defies Executive Order, Loses Licenses

As states grapple with reopening for business in face of the COVID-19 pandemic, one Maine brewpub owner opted to defy the reopening plan Gov. Janet Mills laid out last week that orders restaurants to remain shut for on-premise dining until June.