April 16th, 2010
As expected, the Congressional subcommittee hearing on Legal Issues Concerning State Alcohol Regulation has been followed by a House bill. H.R. 5034 was introduced yesterday by Representative Bill Delahunt (D-Mass.) with support from the National Beer Wholesalers Association (NBWA). The bill is also called the "CARE" (Comprehensive Alcohol Regulatory Effectiveness) Act of 2010, and Wine & Spirits Daily posted a copy of it on their site.
It is the purpose of this Act to—
(1) recognize that alcohol is different from other consumer products and that it should be regulated effectively by the States according to the laws
(2) reaffirm and protect the primary authority of States to regulate alcoholic beverages.
The bill would amend both the Webb-Kenyon Act and the Wilson Act to “support State based alcohol regulation, to clarify evidentiary
rules for alcohol matters, to ensure the collection of all alcohol taxes, and for other purposes.”
The Wine & Spirits Wholesalers of America (WSWA) applauded the legislation, saying
It is important that states retain their constitutional power to regulate the distribution of beverage alcohol and are able to fend off litigation, which serves to destabilize or destroy that authority. Although we may oppose direct shipping and self-distribution as a matter of policy, our goal is not to overturn existing state laws. We simply believe the proper forum for resolving legitimate differences over these issues is in the state legislatures – not the courts.
We will have more coverage of this bill as the story develops.
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