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Daily Interim Brief from February 13, 2019

Economic Development

HB 261 – Beverage Law

On Wednesday, February 13, 2019, HB 261, Beverage Law by Representative Josie Tomkow, was heard in the House Business & Professions Subcommittee and was voted favorably with 8 yeas and 7 nays. AIF stood in support of this bill.

Florida’s Tied House Evil Law prohibits a manufacturer or distributor of alcoholic beverages from having a financial interest in the establishment of a licensed vendor, and prohibits a manufacturer or distributor from giving gifts, loans, property, or rebates to retail vendors. This bill amends and clarifies certain exemptions granting manufacturers the right to partner with vendors, so long as the manufacturer’s agreement does not impose on sales of other manufacturers’ brands.

HB 261 will now head to the House Government Operations & Technology Appropriations Subcommittee.

AIF supports legislative efforts to clean up laws imposing burdens and restrictions on manufacturer and vendor partnerships.