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Old 01-22-2011, 01:31 AM   #1
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The bill to change the OR homebrew law is about to go before the Business, Transportation and Economic Development Committee (BTED) as soon as Feb. 2 and then could be in front of the full senate by Feb. 4 or the week after. It's time for OR homebrewers to swing into action. This bill was drafted by an OR senator who is a homebrewer with input from the Oregon Homebrewers Alliance. You can read the bill and the amendments that go with it at http://oregonhomebrewersalliance.org/ . Contact your legislator to support SB 444 with the "dash-1 amendments." Do it now! It's likely this bill will sail through the legislature, but we need your help to make sure. You can post questions or comments on the OHBA website.

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Thanks for the reminder Will draft my letter in the AM.

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Good luck guys!

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Old 02-02-2011, 03:20 PM   #4
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UPDATE: The committee hearing for SB444 has been set for Thur. Feb. 10. OREGON HOMEBREWERS, now is the time to contact committee members and your legislators! Please don't put it off!

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This Country is really wack. Why in the heck would the government care about what Joe Home Brewer does? I just don't understand why they ever would have wanted to mess around with the small things.

We have enough issues in this country and I'm fairly confident Brewing Beer and Wine isn't a top priority.

I didn't read the bill, but is it illegal to brew now?

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Just looked at a summary. I just don't understand a state wanting to limit a individual like they do.

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You say that, but when unemployment was going through the roof and foreclosures were at record numbers everyday, The #1 priority was passing a Health Care reform bill.

Give 'em HELL OR homebrewers. Good Luck
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Just looked at a summary. I just don't understand a state wanting to limit a individual like they do.
It's more likely an oversight than anything else.

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This Country is really wack. Why in the heck would the government care about what Joe Home Brewer does?
Think about it.......maybe.....BUDWEISER has lobbyists and financial interests???

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Just looked at a summary. I just don't understand a state wanting to limit a individual like they do.
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You say that, but when unemployment was going through the roof and foreclosures were at record numbers everyday, The #1 priority was passing a Health Care reform bill.

Give 'em HELL OR homebrewers. Good Luck
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This Country is really wack. Why in the heck would the government care about what Joe Home Brewer does? I just don't understand why they ever would have wanted to mess around with the small things.

We have enough issues in this country and I'm fairly confident Brewing Beer and Wine isn't a top priority.

I didn't read the bill, but is it illegal to brew now?
No it is perfectly legal to brew, but the last time anyone in the state paid any attention to the laws around home brewing was over 30 years ago. Last year, an Oregon Brewery was going to put on a Home Brew Event on their property. People were going to get together with professional brewers for a great big brew day. The local Brewery having the responsibility to do everything by the book, contacted the OLCC and informed them of the event and asked if everything was AOK. The OLCC checked the laws and discovered these antiquated laws on the books that restrict transporting home brew and where it can be consumed.

The OLCC went to the State Legislator and said "These are your rules. We don't like them but we have to enforce them."

So less than a year later, the Legislator is picking up the issue and dealing with it when trust me, they have a lot more important issues to deal with in the state and their rush to deal with it and move on to other issues is a great sign for Oregon Home Brewers.

Here's how stupid it is currently. I can legal grow Marijuana and drive around with 3 pounds of pot in my car as part of the OMMP. But I can't take a bottle of beer to my neighbor. That's going to change.
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