News and articles on alcohol-related legislative measures and political issue for the on-premise industry.

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Wisconsin Faces Spirits Tax   October 21, 2009

The Wisconsin legislature is considering a 58 percent increase to the state distilled spirits taxes. SB 66 will be considered by the Joint Finance Committee in the coming weeks.More>>

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Ignition Interlock Law Enacted in California   October 14, 2009

The program begins on July 1, 2010 in Alameda, Los Angeles, Sacramento and Tulare counties. In July 2015, the state legislature will assess a study on its effectiveness.More>>

DISCUS: Wisconsin's Liquor Tax Hike Will Destroy More than 1,000 Hospitality Jobs   October 9, 2009

The 58 percent liquor tax hike being proposed will devastate the hospitality industry, eliminating more than 1,250 jobs on top of 4,200 hospitality jobs already lost in the last year.More>>

Legal Experts, Regulators and Others to Present at Alcohol Law Symposium   October 8, 2009

The role of state law and the 21st Amendment to be examined in a three-day program at the Center for Alcohol Policy (CAP) Alcohol Law Symposium.More>>

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Seattle’s Nightlife Finds Growing Support   October 1, 2009

Mayoral candidate Steve McGinn’s new platform is based on honoring existing venues and tweaking legislation to find a happy medium between venues and neighborhoods.More>>

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Ignition Interlock Update   September 30, 2009

An extension of the Highway Bill passed the House, delaying movement on the proposal that calls for mandatory installation of ignition interlock devices in the vehicles of all drunk driving offenders.More>>

ABI Urges Transportation Committee to Amend Highway Bill Interlock Mandate   September 21, 2009

American Beverage Institute letters call on committee to amend interlock requirement before voting on highway bill.More>>

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Two More Steps Toward Ignition Interlock   September 16, 2009

The California State Assembly approved ignition interlock legislation and Toyota is developing a breathalyzer interlock technology.More>>

Unite Under the Banner of Hospitality   September 9, 2009

Take a stand against state and federal tax increases on beverage alcohol.More>>

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Three-tier System Gets Unexpected Support   September 2, 2009

The three-tiered system ensures alcohol is distributed responsibly, all parties are accountable and taxes are collected properly, according to Michele Simon, policy director at Marin Institute, an alcohol industry “watchdog” organization.More>>

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