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Old 02-03-2010, 11:33 PM   #1
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Does anyone know the status of SB 153 or is it HB 153 not sure but I know it's 153 bill to legalize Home Brew in Alabama?

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Old 02-03-2010, 11:49 PM   #2
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We finally repeal the stupid 6% law but still have to fight the "homebrewing is technically illegal" crap? I love 'bama but damn can we be some backwards hillbillies sometimes.

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Old 02-04-2010, 01:48 AM   #3
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We finally repeal the stupid 6% law but still have to fight the "homebrewing is technically illegal" crap? I love 'bama but damn can we be some backwards hillbillies sometimes.
on the 13.5% we got now I have been enjoying some nice beers but since ABC still requires stores to use Alabama ABC distributors we are still be regulated down to 10%.
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Old 02-18-2010, 05:35 PM   #4
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We got any news on SB 153..................???????Sure would be nice if I was doing something legal.

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Old 02-18-2010, 06:20 PM   #5
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Our Senate flavor of the Brewery Modernization Act, SB328, passed out of the Senate Tourism and Marketing Committee quietly yesterday. It will likely be re-introduced to the full Senate tomorrow.

Also of interest, SB153, the Homebrew Legalization bill, passed out of the same committee and received its second reading in the Senate.
That's the last word I've seen on it, thats from freethehops.org on February 10th.

Also, good to see our brewpub bill is moving along.
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Old 02-18-2010, 09:08 PM   #6
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Good news!

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Old 02-18-2010, 09:16 PM   #7
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Here's the basic status: SB153 is out of committee and needs to be brought to the senate floor for a vote. The rules committee gets to decide which bills are put on the "Special Order Calendar" each day.

One part of the problem is that the state level government in Alabama is controlled by Democrats, and this bill is sponsored by the Republicans who are far less likely to get their bills brought to the floor. On the other hand, the teetotalers that would be most likely to filibuster this bill are primarily Republican (who tend to be less likely to filibuster bills sponsored by people in the same party), so having it sponsored by Republicans means its far more likely to be passed once it finally gets brought up for a vote.

The second problem is due to the superior level of effort put forth by the state senators in Alabama. They actually manage to meet 3 days each week (Tuesday-Thursday) during the legislative session. On each of those days they actually manage to work an average of 1-2 hours! Today we actually had a really long session that went just over 3 hours.

The third concern (it's not a problem yet but may be next week) is that the Democrats have a bingo and gambling bill ready to be brought to the floor. When it comes up, the senate is likely to pretty well dissolve into filibusters (it only takes 2 senators to filibuster a bill in the Alabama senate) and various delaying actions. The worry is that that bill will be introduced next Tuesday. If it is, we likely won't see any action on the homebrew bill for quite a while.

We do have sponsors in the house, but they wanted to try to start the bill in the senate because that's where the primary roadblocks are. If you're in Alabama, you can certainly help. We need people to call the 13 members of the rules committee and ask them to put SB153 on the special order calendar and bring it to the floor for a vote. The members of the rules committee can be found here, along with a list of talking points about this bill:
http://www.auburnbrewclub.org/off-menu/2010-senate-rules-committee-members/

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Old 02-22-2010, 04:19 PM   #8
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Default Help Alabama Make HomeBrewing Legal!

http://www.reddit.com/r/politics/comments/b52x0/dear_reddit_please_help_alabama_reform_our_beer/
that link has all the info. Anyone who loves to homebrew should want to help the folks who also love it but have to do it illegally


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Republicans and Holy-roller Church goers are trying to stop a law that will legalize the home-brewing of beer in the state of Alabama. There are currently 7 states where it is illegal and the only reason it is not legal in Alabama is because our alcohol laws date back to prohibition. We are trying to change this, but I read this morning:

A huge, controversial bill will take over the Alabama Senate's agenda this week, and if our bill does not get in front of it, it may very well be dead for the year. If you agree that Homebrewing should be legalized, make another call to Sen. Barron at 334-242-7858, and say "Please place SB153 to legalize... Home Brewing on the Special Order Calendar Tuesday." Your voice helps!

Please call that number, and leave this message with the very nice lady who answers "please place SB153 on the special order calander tuesday" She will ask where you are calling from, here is a short list of some of our major cities: Athens Arab Birmingham Decatur Hartsel Huntsville Madison Montgomery Mobile

Use any of these and THATS IT. Please help guys./[edit]
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A huge, controversial bill will take over the Alabama Senate's agenda this week, and if our bill does not get in front of it, it may very well be dead for the year. If you agree that Homebrewing should be legalized, make another call to Sen. Barron at 334-242-7858, and say "Please place SB153 to legalize... Home Brewin...g on the Special Order Calendar Tuesday." Your voice helps!


CALL THIS NUMBER! WE NEED TO GET THIS ON THE CALENDAR!

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Old 02-23-2010, 03:03 AM   #10
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bump. even if you dont care about home brewing in alabama please help us out so we dont have to do this all moonshine bootlegger style

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