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Really nicely written (and well researched!) article in the Charleston Business Journal:

http://www.charlestonbusiness.com/current/14_20/news/12913-1.html

I recieved this in an email from the Speaker’s Office:

I just noticed this bill will be discussed at the General Laws Subcommittee meeting on Thursday, April 17, 2008 at 9:00 a.m. in Room 516 of the Blatt Building if you would like to attend and make any comments

Link to meeting agenda.

Well, as I knew would happen, we are met with resistance! No need to get into the whos and whats yet but we may need to rethink some things. 2 options ( I think):

*Continue on as is and who knows. A definite up hill battle. OR

*Start smaller and fight for on premise tastings now and work up from there.

Advice needed.

HB 4675 is in the Judiciary Committee. Please write and call all members of the committee. Here are some highlights of why you would like HB 4675 to pass:

* Allows retail sales directly at the brewery. Freshness, supports local economy, environmentally conscious, encourages more craft breweries in SC. This includes growler sales and bottles direct from the brewery!

* Tastings and Tours! Encourages education of beer, direct marketing for the brewery and again supports local economy and encourages community.

All of this is more tax revenue for our state (as more beer is sold)!

List of Judiciary Committee Members:

Judiciary (Privileges & Elections)
Subcommittee Assignments

Harrison, James H. , Chm. McLeod, Walton J. , 1st V.C. Herbkersman, William G. “Bill” , 2nd V.C.
Allen, Karl B. Bannister, Bruce W. Clemmons, Alan D.
Coleman, Creighton B. Crawford, Kristopher R. “Kris” Delleney, F. Gregory “Greg” , Jr.
Hagood, Ben A. , Jr. Haskins, Gloria Arias Jennings, Douglas , Jr.
Kelly, R. Keith Mulvaney, J. Michael “Mick” Rutherford, J. Todd
Scott, John L. , Jr. Smith, Fletcher N. , Jr. Smith, G. Murrell , Jr.
Smith, Garry R. Smith, James E. , Jr. Stavrinakis, Leonidas E. “Leon”
Talley, Scott F. Viers, Thad T. Weeks, J. David
Whipper, J. Seth Dennis, Patrick G. , Chief Counsel Goldsmith, Bonnie , Asst. Staff Counsel
Anderson, Linda C. , Exec. Secy.
http://www.scstatehouse.net/html-pages/housecommlst.html#jud

Also, here is a “cut and paste” list of ALL House members (Remember to put them in the blind copy):
AgnewP@schouse.org, AlexanderT@schouse.org, KBA@schouse.org, AndersonC@schouse.org, AnthonyM@schouse.org, JCB@schouse.org, BallentineN@schouse.org, BannisterB@schouse.org, LDB@schouse.org, jab@schouse.org, BedingfieldE@schouse.org, KAB@schouse.org, BowenD@schouse.org, WKB@schouse.org, BradyJ@schouse.org, BranhamL@schouse.org, BrantleyC@schouse.org, FB@schouse.org, GB@schouse.org, RLB@schouse.org, HLC@schouse.org, CeipsC@schouse.org, ChalkR@schouse.org, CAC@schouse.org, ClemmonsA@schouse.org, WC@schouse.org, gch@schouse.org, cbc@schouse.org, HWM@schouse.org, WFC@schouse.org, CrawfordK@schouse.org, TMD@schouse.org, GRD@schouse.org, fgd@schouse.org, DuncanJ@schouse.org, TE@schouse.org, MBF@schouse.org, FunderburkL@schouse.org, GambrellM@schouse.org, JNG@schouse.org, GullickC@schouse.org, HagoodB@schouse.org, HaleyN@schouse.org, GLH@schouse.org, HardwickN@schouse.org, HSP@schouse.org, HJU@schouse.org, HartC@schouse.org, HarvinC@schouse.org, GAH@schouse.org, JH@schouse.org,
HerbkersmanB@schouse.org, HinsonS@schouse.org, HiottD@schouse.org, HodgesK@schouse.org, LH1@schouse.org, LH@schouse.org, ch@schouse.org, JeffersonJ@schouse.org, DJ@schouse.org, KellyK@schouse.org, KK@schouse.org, KnightP@schouse.org, RWL@schouse.org, HBL@schouse.org, LFL@schouse.org, DAL@schouse.org, LoweP@schouse.org, JL@schouse.org, DJM@schouse.org, MahaffeyJ@schouse.org, WJM@schouse.org, JM1@schouse.org, VOM@schouse.org, MITCHELLH@schouse.org, bam@schouse.org, MossD@schouse.org, MulvaneyM@schouse.org, jmn@schouse.org, JN@schouse.org, DWN@schouse.org, HLO@schouse.org, owensp@schouse.org, JAP@schouse.org, RSP@schouse.org, ORP@schouse.org, PinsonG@schouse.org, PittsT@schouse.org, RFR@schouse.org, JTR@schouse.org, WES@schouse.org, WBS@schouse.org, JLS@schouse.org, SellersB@schouse.org, ShoopmanP@schouse.org, JGS@schouse.org, SkeltonBR@schouse.org, DCS@schouse.org, FNS@schouse.org, GMS@schouse.org,
SmithG@schouse.org, JS@schouse.org, RepSmith@JamesSmith.org, SPT@schouse.org, SpiresK@schouse.org, StavL@schouse.org, StewartJ@schouse.org, SFT@schouse.org, at@schouse.org, MT@schouse.org, TooleM@schouse.org, UmphlettD@schouse.org, VickT@schouse.org, ViersT@schouse.org,
REW@schouse.org, JDW@schouse.org, JSW@schouse.org, WBW@schouse.org, WilliamsR@schouse.org, WDW@schouse.org, ADY@schouse.org

or try this to open a .doc with emails: House “Cut and Paste” List

Ok. SO it’s been a while for an update, I was trying to get all my ducks in a row. I still don’t know the answer to every aspect of the bill, but it’s a start.First, Rep. Herbkersman has sponsored our bill again. He sponsored it last time and is a BIG advocate of local and craft beer (his family owned a brewery in Columbia in the 90’s). HB 4675 deals mostly with a SC brewery having the ability to taste on premise and sell their beer in direct retail. If SC ever wants to be put on the map for craft beer, this HAS to happen. It truly is a win-win for breweries, wholesalers,retailers and the consumer- even if the wholesalers don’t see it that way–yet!
Now, there is a distillery bill that has already made it to the and it is addressing the same thing. If it passes, wineries and distilleries will have those rights (it also addresses the 3-tier system- which is huge).
This is what I need you to do:
1- Email or call Herbkersman SCHSDistrict118 (at) aol.com or herbkersmanb (at) schouse.org and thank him.
2-Start the calls and emails to the House- especially judiciary. If you get through that, start on the Senate.
Here is the link to the bill: http://www.scstatehouse.gov/sess11 … s/4675.htm

More updates coming.

Our bill is in legislative council right now. Hoping to get a bill # assigned soon, they we can begin calling and writing. We’re starting to plan a beer dinner to raise awareness of this. It will be held in Columbia, probably in March. Stay tuned for a call to action!