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  • New York Governor's Executive Budget Includes Benefits for State Alcohol Industry

    New York Governor's Executive Budget Includes Benefits for State Alcohol Industry

    Published: 29 Jan 2018

    New York Governor Andrew Cuomo has proposed his FY2019 Executive Budget, and it includes several provisions that will benefit the state’s tourism industry generally, as well as the growing craft alcohol beverage industry in particular.   Buried in the budget is a provision that amends the definition of a Hotel under the New York State Alcoholic Beverage Control ("ABC") Law Sect...

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  • Alcohol and Marijuana: California ABC Issues New Guidance on the Interplay Between the Alcohol and Cannabis Industries

    Alcohol and Marijuana: California ABC Issues New Guidance on the Interplay Between the Alcohol and Cannabis Industries

    Published: 22 Jan 2018

    On January 18, 2018, the California Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control released an advisory that outlines the agency’s policies about legalized cannabis and marijuana relative to licensees that sell alcohol beverages. The advisory, titled “Cannabis and Alcoholic Beverages”, uses a FAQ format to answer questions about what is permissible for alcohol licensees under California’s new cannabis l...

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  • Alcohol and Marijuana: California ABC Issues New Guidance on the Interplay Between the Alcohol and Cannabis Industries

    Alcohol and Marijuana: California ABC Issues New Guidance on the Interplay Between the Alcohol and Cannabis Industries

    Published: 22 Jan 2018

    On January 18, 2018, the California Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control released an advisory that outlines the agency’s policies about legalized cannabis and marijuana relative to licensees that sell alcohol beverages. The advisory, titled “Cannabis and Alcoholic Beverages”, uses a FAQ format to answer questions about what is permissible for alcohol licensees under California’s new cannabis l...

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  • TTB Starts 2018 with Guidance on How to Pay FET Using New Alcohol Tax Rates

    TTB Starts 2018 with Guidance on How to Pay FET Using New Alcohol Tax Rates

    Published: 17 Jan 2018

    2018 has arrived, and the new year is starting off strong for the alcohol industry and those who regulate it.  First up – learning how to implement the new Federal Excise Tax rates implemented under the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017 (Public Law No. 115-97). The White House signed the tax legislation on December 22, 2017, making several changes to the federal excise tax rates imposed on beer...

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  • 2018 Starts Strong with New Alcohol Legal Developments

    2018 Starts Strong with New Alcohol Legal Developments

    Published: 11 Jan 2018

    2018 has arrived, and the new year is starting off strong for the alcohol industry and those who regulate it.  In preparation for what’s ahead, here’s  a brief look at what’s already here! 2018 Tax Cuts for Alcohol:  The White House signed a tax bill last month that made several changes to taxes on beer, wine and distilled spirits.  Tucked away in the new legislation is ...

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  • Alcohol-Related Legislation Filed Ahead of Session 2018

    Alcohol-Related Legislation Filed Ahead of Session 2018

    Published: 04 Jan 2018

    The following alcohol-related bills have been filed in the Florida Legislature. A summary of each bill is copied below.   Please contact the member of the nationwide alcohol industry team with whom you normally work with any questions. Stay tuned for further updates.  SB 822 Beverage Law (Hutson) Providing an exemption from provisions relating to the tied house evil for specif...

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  • Multistate Outbreak of E. coli O157:H7 Infections Could Be Linked To Romaine Lettuce

    Multistate Outbreak of E. coli O157:H7 Infections Could Be Linked To Romaine Lettuce

    Published: 03 Jan 2018

    January 3, 2017 By: Richard M. Blau, Food Law Industry Team Starting in November of 2017, reports began surfacing about a new outbreak of food-borne illness in parts of the United States and Canada.  In the ensuing two months, more than fifty people across North America have become ill from a dangerous strain of E. coli bacteria.  Canadian health officials believe the cause ...

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  • UPDATE: The Tax Cut Bill Signed Into Law

    UPDATE: The Tax Cut Bill Signed Into Law

    Published: 22 Dec 2017

    December 22, 2017 By: Richard M. Blau, Chair Nationwide Alcohol Industry Team This morning, President Donald Trump signed the tax cut bill into law. The bill, along with all the provisions detailed below, will take effect January 1, 2018. Please contact the member of the nationwide alcohol industry team with whom you normally work with any questions. ####### December 20, 2017 The Tax C...

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