Monday, March 19, 2018

Rep. Sampson Supports Bill Promoting Craft Breweries in Connecticut

HARTFORD – State Representative Rob Sampson (R-80) submitted testimony in support of H.B. 5036, An Act Promoting Craft Breweries and Distilleries and Fair Pricing. Sampson’s testimony was presented to the General Assembly’s joint General Law Committee during a public hearing on Tuesday, March 6th, 2018.

“In the midst of all the challenges our state faces, craft breweries have been a bright spot for our economy,” said Rep. Sampson. “Over the past several years, their numbers have grown exponentially and the benefits they have provided our communities are immeasurable. We all take great pride in the fact that Connecticut is a leader in this industry, but these businesses are hurt by a law which limits the quantity they can sell per customer. It’s an unnecessary restriction that will continue to hurt one of the industries that can help the state bounce back from this economic slump.”

One impediment to the success of craft breweries is Connecticut General Statutes Section 30-16, which prohibits breweries from selling more than nine liters to any individual in any one day. H.B. 5036 would increase the amount of beer a brewery could sell to an individual customer, which could lead to significant revenue growth. This law has been cited by multiple craft brewery owners as a major impediment to competing with larger, mainstream companies.

“Throughout our broader policy discourse, we have talked about new and innovative ways to foster business growth and improve our economic competitiveness,” added Rep. Sampson. “Indeed, there is no better way to do this than by simply alleviating existing limitations on the amount of product a business is allowed to sell. For that reason, I hope we can come together on a bipartisan basis to move this common-sense, but highly impactful legislation forward.”

Should H.B. 5036, An Act Promoting Craft Breweries and Distilleries and Fair Pricing receive a favorable report from the General Law Committee, it will be sent to the House and Senate Chambers where it may be called for discussion and a vote.

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