After having been voted out of the Texas Senate and out of committee in the House, the bills that would allow Texas brewpubs to distribute and small production breweries to offer on-site sales directly to consumers have been scheduled for a full house vote this coming Friday, May 17.
The craft beer bills are part of a package of 5 bills, all of which need to pass in order for any to become law. To ensure that that happens, we need your help right away!
If you live in Texas, we ask that you please take a moment to email your Texas House Representative and ask him or her to vote FOR the entire package of craft brewery bills: SB 515, 516, 517, 518 & 639. Once again, all five bills must pass for any of them to take effect.
If you don’t know who your Representative is, you can find out here.
Your note doesn’t have to be long. Just tell your representative that you are a constituent in his or her district, that you care about this issue, and that you ask that he or she vote for these bills.
If all five bills pass the House with a two thirds majority and are signed by the governor they will become effective right away, while if they receive a straight majority but not a two thirds majority, they will become effective September 1, 2013.
Please do not contact your state senator—they’ve already done their job in passing the bills. Only the House vote and the governor’s signature are needed now.
For additional info regarding our support of the bills, please see our previous blog post on the topic.