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Two Bills Enter, One Bill Leaves: Growler Legislation Headed To House Floor

After a bit of shuffling, growler legislation is on its way to the House floor.
After a bit of shuffling, growler legislation is on its way to the House floor.
After a bit of shuffling, growler legislation is on its way to the House floor.
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After a bit of shuffling, growler legislation is on its way to the House floor.

Two very different alcohol measures came before their final committee Wednesday.  But even though they began to converge, only one passed its final stop.

From the very beginning, Rep. Chris Sprowls’ (R-Palm Harbor) growler bill has flown through committees while Rep. Greg Steube’s (R-Sarasota) omnibus measure has trudged.  Wednesday the Steube’s bill finally gave up the ghost, but not before passing on some of its provisions.  He says he shifted all of his beer policies to Sprowls.

“That’s all gone,” Steube says.  “That’s all in Sprowls’ bill.  All of the beer related stuff is out.”

Under amendments to Sprowls’ bill, craft distilleries will be allowed to sell more directly to consumers and brewers will be able to apply for a handful of vendor licenses.  Both policy changes, come from Steube’s proposal.  Sprowls’ bill passed unanimously.

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