Legislature(2005 - 2006)CAPITOL 120

04/19/2006 01:00 PM JUDICIARY


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* first hearing in first committee of referral
+ teleconferenced
= bill was previously heard/scheduled
-- Recessed to a Call of the Chair --
+ HCR 4 METH WATCH PROGRAM TELECONFERENCED
Moved CSHCR 4(JUD) Out of Committee
+ SB 273 MOTOR VEHICLE SALES TELECONFERENCED
<Bill Hearing Postponed to 04/21/06>
*+ HB 502 COURT REVIEW OF STRANDED GAS DECISION TELECONFERENCED
Heard & Held
+ HB 240 BREWERY & BREWPUB LICENSES TELECONFERENCED
Moved CSHB 240(JUD) Out of Committee
+ Bills Previously Heard/Scheduled TELECONFERENCED
+= SB 20 OFFENSES AGAINST UNBORN CHILDREN TELECONFERENCED
Moved HCS CSSB 20(JUD) Out of Committee
HB 240 - BREWERY & BREWPUB LICENSES                                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
3:50:40 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
CHAIR McGUIRE  announced that the  final order of  business would                                                               
be HOUSE BILL  NO. 240, "An Act relating to  brewery and brew pub                                                               
licensing."  [Before the committee was CSHB 240(L&C).]                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
3:50:48 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
CRAIG  JOHNSON, Staff  to  Representative  Lesil McGuire,  Alaska                                                               
State Legislature,  presented HB  240 on  behalf of  the sponsor,                                                               
the  House  Judiciary  Standing   Committee.    He  informed  the                                                               
committee  that  the  Brewers  Guild  of  Alaska  represents  six                                                               
breweries and five  brewpubs that operate within the  state.  The                                                               
brewery owners and  the brewpub owners have  united and developed                                                               
a compromise  via CSHB 240(L&C)  regarding the number  of barrels                                                               
and gallons  that a brewpub  can produce  and the number  of free                                                               
samples that a  brewery can produce.   This legislation primarily                                                               
impacts Anchorage  and Fairbanks.   Basically, HB 240  levels the                                                               
playing  field  between breweries  and  brewpubs  and with  those                                                               
breweries and brewpubs outside of the state.                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
CHAIR  McGUIRE  informed  the  committee   that  she  has  gotten                                                               
involved with  this issue because  she believes it's  an emerging                                                               
area of Alaska's economy.                                                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE KOTT noted that he is  in receipt of a letter from                                                               
the   Anchorage   Cabaret,   Hotel,   Restaurant,   &   Retailers                                                               
Association (CHARR)  recommending a  change to  HB 240  such that                                                               
all of those  with beverage dispensary licenses  would be allowed                                                               
to  provide  small  samples  of beer  and  wine  for  promotional                                                               
purposes.  He asked if the aforementioned has been agreed upon.                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
3:55:59 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
CHUCK  EDWARDS,  Chair,  Government Affairs,  Anchorage  Cabaret,                                                               
Hotel, Restaurant, & Retailers  Association (CHARR), relayed that                                                               
he spoke  with the  brewers and the  distributors who  would like                                                               
the opportunity to  provide samples and maintain  a level playing                                                               
field.  Mr. Edwards commented, "Some  of this stuff kind of makes                                                               
me feel like we're getting into the tavern business here."                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
CHAIR McGUIRE,  upon determining no  one else wished  to testify,                                                               
closed public testimony on HB 240.                                                                                              
                                                                                                                                
3:57:09 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE KOTT  made a  motion to  adopt Amendment  1, which                                                               
would  insert   the  following  language   [original  punctuation                                                               
provided]:                                                                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
     Notwithstanding  (a)   and  (b)  of  this   section,  a                                                                    
     beverage  dispensary licenses  or  licensee's agent  or                                                                    
     employee,  or   a  holder   of  a   general  wholesale,                                                                    
        wholesale malt beverage and wine licenses by non-                                                                       
       resident brewer or the agent or employees of these                                                                       
      licenses may provide, without charge, any customer a                                                                      
     small sample of beer or wine for promotional purposes.                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE  GRUENBERG  made  a  motion that  Amendment  1  be                                                               
amended such  that the first  reference to "licenses"  be changed                                                               
to  "licensee".    There  being no  objection,  Amendment  1  was                                                               
amended.                                                                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
CHAIR  McGUIRE  asked  whether   there  were  any  objections  to                                                               
Amendment  1, as  amended.   There  being none,  Amendment 1,  as                                                               
amended, was adopted.                                                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
3:58:46 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE KOTT  moved to report  CSHB 240(L&C),  as amended,                                                               
out  of   committee  with  individual  recommendations   and  the                                                               
accompanying  fiscal  notes.   There  being  no  objection,  CSHB
240(JUD)  was   reported  from   the  House   Judiciary  Standing                                                               
Committee.                                                                                                                      

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