Chambers at the Forefront
Blue Law Battles
A countywide vote is underway in Lubbock, TX to allow expanded alcohol sales and mixed beverage permits for restaurants. The official election day is May 5, but early voting is open. Voter turn out for this single issue is already the second best in history, second only to the 2008 Presidential Election.
For background information about the petition to call this election, check out www.letlubbockvote.org. Leaders from the Lubbock Chamber have been involved in this issue for several months.
In Alabama, H.B. 373, also know as the Free the Hops Bill, has made a long, arduous trek to the state senate. The bill, supported by the Birmingham Regional Chamber, would change the maximum alcohol by volume (ABV) for beer from 6% to 13.9%. Many craft beers and imports have an AVB over 6% and, thus, are not currently sold in Alabama. The law also inhibits the micro brew and brew pub industry. A final senate vote is pending.
For more info, check out www.freethehops.org or the Caputo Report - the Birmingham Chamber's Official Policy Blog.