Legislative

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


DISCUS Article
Health Care Debate Rolls On   July 29, 2009

Democrats are working earnestly to appease various factions of their caucus, but it appears they are still far from finding a solution that will summon enough votes.More>>

DISCUS Article
Alcohol & Soda Not Taxed as Part of Proposed Health Care Bill   July 22, 2009

The House Ways & Means Committee completed work on the health care bill late last Thursday night. The legislation passed the committee by a vote of 23 to 18, with three Democrats voting against the bill.More>>

Interlock Article
Interlock Technology Report   July 22, 2009

Next month the American Beverage Institute will release a new report on developments on ignition interlock technology.More>>

Healthcare Reform Article
Discus Update: Alcohol Taxes to Fund Healthcare Reform?    July 15, 2009

Congress returned from recess last week and resumed work on health care reform. Although legislation was expected to move through each respective chamber over the next two weeks, progress has stalled.More>>

DISCUS Money Article
Busy Summer Ahead on Tax Front – Get Involved   July 1, 2009

With a new health care plan in the works, advocacy groups are pressing hard to raise beverage alcohol taxes. One proposal under consideration could jeopardize $9 billion in retail sales and over 160,000 jobs would be lost.More>>

News
New Jersey Hospitality Coalition Urges Governor Corzine to Remove Wine/Liquor Tax Hikes From Budget   June 26, 2009

A recent economic analysis showed that increasing New Jersey's excise tax on spirits and wine by 25% would cause local retailers to lose an estimated $60 million in retail sales and shed 1,000 hospitality sector jobs.More>>

No Drink Tax Article
ABI Combats NC Tax Hike   June 24, 2009

The ads highlighted the fact that North Carolina’s alcohol taxes are currently 30 percent higher than those in neighboring South Carolina, stressing that a tax increase will drive more hospitality business across state lines.More>>

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State & Federal Tax Threats   June 24, 2009

In this economy, the hospitality industry can’t afford to lose any more jobs to punitive tax increases. Currently, when you buy a typical bottle of spirits, 59 percent of the purchase price goes toward taxes and fees!More>>

federal Highway Bill Article
Universal Ignition Interlock Tied to Highway Bill   June 24, 2009

A requirement that all 50 states mandate ignition interlock for first-time drunk driving offenders with low blood alcohol content (BAC) is part of the federal Highway Bill introduced on Thursday, June 18. The language of the bill includes penalties for states that do not comply.More>>

News
ABI: Highway Bill Eliminates States’ Authority on Interlock Use   June 23, 2009

American Beverage Institute says Congressional Interlock Mandate is the first step toward getting interlocks in all cars.More>>



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