HB 2094 is back up on the block as of today and we need to get behind it! Back in March I wrote about Rep Farrar of Houston and her efforts to bring this bill to fruition and change the law. The bill is sitting in committee as this point and needs to get an extra push to bring it to the floor. I got this email today from the people at Beertown and we so need to get involved as this does affect all of us here in and you know how passionate I am about beer (good beer that is!)
736 Pearl Street
Boulder, Colorado 80302 USA
May 7, 2009
Dear Texas Beer Activist,
The small brewers of Texas have asked for your help in moving
HB 2094, which would authorize certain brewers and manufacturers to conduct tours of their premises after which tour attendees would be allowed to purchase a six pack or a case of beer for off-premise consumption.
Small Texas breweries believe passing this legislation is critical for their continued growth and success as it would enable them to ultimately sell more Texas craft beer through the distribution system. Increased sales would benefit brewers, wholesalers, retailers and consumers. The bill would also allow Texas small breweries to compete fairly with out-of-state small breweries that have the same rights in their home states.
HB 2094 is now before the House Committee on Calendars, which determines if and when bills are sent to the House floor for a vote. With the legislative session ending in 2 weeks, it is extremely important to let the members of the Committee on Calendars know of your support for expeditiously moving this bill to the full House for a vote. Following is a list of committee members ? please follow their individual links for contact information and call or email today!
Brian McCall, Chair - Plano
Eddie Lucio, Vice Chair - Brownsville
Norma Ch?vez - El Paso
Garnet Coleman - Houston
Byron Cook - Corsicana
Brandon Creighton - Conroe
Charlie Geren - Fort Worth
Jim Keffer - Eastland
Lois Kolkhorst - Brenham
Edmund Kuempel - Seguin
Jim McReynolds - Lufkin
Alan Ritter - Nederland
Burt Solomons - Carrollton
Due to the short time remaining in the legislative session, we are also asking you to call or email your State Representative at this time to express your support for HB2094 in anticipation that the bill will move to the House floor for a vote. To find contact information for your State Representative go to http://www.fyi.legis.state.tx.us/
, enter your address and look for the State Representative listing.
Thank you for your support of Texas small brewers and for increased consumer access to craft beer.
Please write to these H.O.R. to let them know that you want to get HB 2094 on to the floor for a vote!