Capitol Update Week 9 – House Now Open for Senate Bills
House now evaluating Senate bills . . .
Now that Crossover Day is passed, the House is evaluating Senate Bills in various committees. Several Senate measures have already reached the House floor and on Monday, the House will vote on SB 85.
Senate Bill 85 provides a generational improvement in Georgia’s alcohol laws permitting breweries and distillers to sell their products, for the first time, to visitors. SB 85 will allow breweries to sell up to 3,000 barrels (93,000 gallons) per year and distilleries 500 barrels (26,500 gallons) per year for both on-site and take-home consumption. Visitors are limited to a case a day for take-home from breweries and 3 – 750ml bottles a day for take-home from distilleries. A tremendous amount of thanks is due Speaker David Ralston and Chairman Howard Maxwell in the House and Lt. Governor Casey Cagle and Chairman Rick Jeffares in the Senate for shepherding this compromise bill through the General Assembly. Industry leaders from the Georgia Beer Wholesalers, Georgia Craft Brewers Guild, Wine and Spirits Wholesalers, and Distilleries worked tirelessly together to reach agreement on SB 85 that meets the demands of the marketplace, needs of a growing industry, and preserves a system that is serving Georgia well. My personal thanks to all. I’ll be voting – YES.
The House streams most meetings live and you will find a broadcast schedule here.
HB 41 Integrated Path to Architecture on Senate Floor Monday
HB 41 providing our best and brightest students of architecture an option to achieve their degree, accumulate their internship hours, and stand for professional certification quicker and at a lower cost will be before the Senate on Monday. Many thanks to Senate Rules Chairman Jeff Mullis for placing HB 41 before the Senate for a vote.
Let me hear from you
As always, I remain appreciative that you allow me to serve as your state Representative. I encourage you to contact me with any comments or questions you have about the legislation being considered at your state Capitol.
613-D Coverdell Legislative Office Building
Atlanta, GA 30334
Thanks again for allowing me to serve,