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We Need You to Help Your NJ Breweries

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jcwattsrugger
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beers 11586 º places 2 º 19:35 Sun 6/3/2012

We Need You to Help Your NJ Breweries

On Thursday, June 7th, New Jersey’s Assembly Law and Public Safety Committee will meet to vote on A-1277. The bill, developed by the Garden State Craft Brewers Guild, will give all craft brewers in the state more flexibility in how, when and where they sell and promote their beer.

By Wednesday, June 6th, please contact the members of the Assembly Law and Public Safety Committee (listed below) to let them know that you support the legislation as a craft beer consumer and ask them to VOTE YES on the bill.
It’s especially important if you live in the district of one of the committee members. Not sure who your legislators are? Find out here http://www.njleg.state.nj.us/districts/municipalities.asp]

Current regulations highly restrict what New Jersey brewers can do—especially when compared to the surrounding states of New York, Pennsylvania and Delaware. 

Specifically, this bill would allow:
• one company to open more than two brewpubs
• production breweries to sell beer for on and off premise consumption
• breweries and brewpubs to conduct informational tastings off premise
• brewpubs to distribute beer through the wholesale network

This will lead to a healthier environment for small brewers and more choices for craft beer consumers.

When calling the members of the committee, you should comment on how this bill will help small brewers continue to create jobs, improve tourism opportunities and cut needless red tape. From the consumer perspective, you should comment on how the bill will allow you to have better access to the locally made craft beers you love and want more of. 

Remember, please call or email these members by Wednesday, June 6th to make sure your voice is heard and your support for A-1277 is registered. 

Thank you for your continued support of New Jersey’s craft brewers.

Members of the Assembly Law and Public Safety Committee


Mainor, Charles – Chair
(201) 536-7851
asmmainor@njleg.org

Wilson, Gilbert – Vice Chair
(856) 547-4800
asmwilson@njleg.org

Albano, Nelson
(856) 696-7109
asmalbano@njleg.org

Benson, Daniel
(609) 631-0198
asmbenson@njleg.org

Connors, Sean
(201) 795-9190
asmconnors@njleg.org

Cryan, Joseph
(908) 624-0880
asmcryan@njleg.org
Kean, Sean
(732) 974-0400
asmkean@njleg.org

McGuckin, Gregory
(732) 840-9028
asmmcguckin@njleg.org

Peterson, Erik
(908) 238-0251
asmpeterson@njleg.org

Rible, David
(732) 974-0400
asmrible@njleg.org

Watson Coleman, Bonnie
(609) 292-0500
aswwatsoncoleman@njleg.org 

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cheers and thanks, john


 
dmac
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beers 4739 º places 35 º 11:13 Mon 6/4/2012

Sean Kean is actually the prosecutor in my town. I’ll make a point in getting into work a bit early this week and try to talk to him.

 
jcwattsrugger
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beers 11586 º places 2 º 17:02 Tue 6/5/2012

This is the 2nd committee to vote. A big thing that worked in our favor on the 1st committee vote and has allowed this to move forward is that each member of the 1st committee got more than 200 phone calls in support of our bill.


Please contact these Assembly people Wednesday.



thanks, john



 
dmac
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beers 4739 º places 35 º 13:55 Sat 6/9/2012

So John is it correct that tt passed 8-2?

 
jcwattsrugger
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beers 11586 º places 2 º 06:23 Sun 6/10/2012

A-1277 approved by committee. vote was 7-2
[Dave-you will never guess who 1 of the 2 No votes was.]


http://www.njleg.state.nj.us/bills/BillView.asp?BillNumber=A1277

cheers john

 
jcwattsrugger
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beers 11586 º places 2 º 10:30 Wed 6/20/2012

Guild Bill Up for Final Vote-please make calls today.

The bills have made it through all Committee votes now.

We are once again asking for your help in support of New Jersey brewers and consumers.

Starting Thursday, June 21st, New Jersey’s Senate and General Assembly will meet to vote on A-1277/S-641 . The bill, developed by the Garden State Craft Brewers Guild, will give all craft brewers in the state more flexibility in how, when and where they sell and promote their beer.

Please contact your local legislators by end of day Wednesday, June 20th, to let them know that you support the legislation as a craft beer consumer and ask them to VOTE YES on the bill.

Below is a link which will help you contact your local legislators based on where you live. Simply click on your town on the list, and it will show you who your local legislators are so you can contact them:

http://www.njleg.state.nj.us/districts/municipalities.asp

When calling/writing the members, you should comment on how this bill will help small brewers continue to create jobs, improve tourism opportunities and cut needless red tape. From the consumer perspective, you should comment on how the bill will allow you to have better access to the locally made craft beers you love.

Remember, please call or email these members by Wednesday, June 20th to make sure your voice is heard and your support for A-1277/S-641 is registered.

Thank you for your continued support of New Jersey’s craft brewers.

cheers john

 
jcwattsrugger
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beers 11586 º places 2 º 05:59 Tue 6/26/2012



The Brewer’s Bill Passes

Thanks to all our supporters who helped get the Brewer’s Bill passed.


On Monday last week, the Bill was passed out of committee in both the House and Senate. On Thursday it was passed by the full Assembly and yesterday it was passed by the Senate. It now moves on to Governor Christie, who is expected to sign it.

Every call and email helped make this happen. Thanks to all for your help.

cheers john

 
beastiefan2k
beers 2867 º places 194 º 15:47 Thu 7/19/2012

look it Jersey slowly crawling their way out of the Middle Ages.

 
dmac
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beers 4739 º places 35 º 18:09 Thu 7/19/2012

Originally posted by beastiefan2k
look it Jersey slowly crawling their way out of the Middle Ages.


As far as I know Christie still hasn’t signed it into law.

 
dmac
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beers 4739 º places 35 º 11:34 Fri 9/21/2012

And after sitting on fat ass’s desk for weeks and weeks he finally did something right. Ok so which brewery will be the first to sell pints ??

 
jcwattsrugger
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beers 11586 º places 2 º 11:40 Fri 9/21/2012

CRICKET HILL!!

BUT, THERE ARE STILL DETAILS TO WORK OUT, INCLUDING EFFECTIVE DATE

cheers john
Maybe I will see you Sunday.