Monthly Archives: May 2008

We were failed by the senate

Last year the Gourmet Beer Bill was given the “Shroud Award” for the “deadest bill of the session”. This year members and supporters of Free the Hops rallied around magnificently and carried out a sustained effort of education on the issues, such that every single legislator in the Alabama Legislature heard about Gourmet Beer and [...]

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Monday May 19

For those who were listening in to the Senate audio last week, it will come as no surprise that we took the strategic decision to hold off on pressing the Gourmet Beer Bill. By the time the semi-filibuster was resolved, it was late in the evening and the Senators were all cranky, tired, and hungry. [...]

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It’s Never Easy

What a crazy day yesterday. Events took an unforeseen turn and forced us to change plans on the fly. Not uncommon in politics. To sum up, the first bill that the Senate addressed yesterday was the bill to remove the state sales tax on food and eliminate the state income tax deduction for federal income [...]

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Filibuster

The senate is engaged in a semi-filibuster. There have been mutterings about staying in session until midnight if necessary, but as things stand just now (5pm) the senate is only passing local House Bills, and is barely a third of the way through the list of local bills. All we can do is wait. And [...]

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HB196 in the senate this week!

Friends of Free The Hops, HB196, the Gourmet Beer Bill, is up for vote in the Senate this week, most likely on Tuesday May 6th. Now is the time to call your state senator and let him or her know that you want HB196 to pass! Because the Gourmet Beer Bill has already passed the [...]

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Hope

The word today from our lobbyist is that he is very confident he will be able to get the Gourmet Beer Bill on the Senate’s special order calendar sometime next week. Nothing is guaranteed in Alabama politics, of course. Although the Senate did a remarkable job passing a tremendous amount of legislation today and yesterday, [...]

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