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Old 01-20-2010, 09:26 PM   #1
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Bills to legalize homebrewing in the State of Mississippi have been introduced. They have both been referred to Committee. Now is the time to contact your Representatives and Senators concerning the Bills. Legalizing homebrewing in Mississippi has a real shot at passing with everyone’s help.

The Bills have been introduced by Senator Baria (SB 2717) and Representative Moak (HB 732). The contact info of the Chair and Vice Chair of the Committees that the bills have been referred to are listed below. Written letter and phone calls are more persuasive than emails.

House Bill 732 has been Referred to the Ways and Means Committee:

Chair:
Percy W. Watson
P. O. Box 1018
Jackson, MS 39215
(601)544-6490 (H)
(601)545-1051 (W)
pwatson@house.ms.gov

Vice Chair:
David Norquist
P. O. Box 1018
Jackson, MS 39215
(662)843-9183 (H)
(662)843-6171 (W)
dnorquist@house.ms.gov

Senate Bill SB 2717 has been referred to the Finance Committee.

Chair:
Dean Kirby
Room: 215 C
P. O. Box 1018
Jackson, MS 39215
(601)359-3246
(601)932-1966 (H)
(601)939-5968 (W)
dkirby@senate.ms.gov

Vice Chair:
Eugene Clarke
Room: 405 D
P. O. Box 1018
Jackson, MS 39215
(601)359-3172
(662)827-7261 (W)
(662)827-7264 (F)
bclarke@senate.ms.gov

Of course, talking with any of the member on either Committee would be helpful, especially if they are Representatives or Senators from your area. In addition,
contacting your local Representatives and Senators and letting them know
where you stand will help when the Bills come out of Committee. Please be polite and professional.

Here is a link to find your local officials:

http://www.congress.org/congressorg/dbq/officials/
http://www.capitolconnect.com/demoas...torsearch.aspx

This is time sensitive - we need to get the word out fast and clear.

Gary Glass, Director of the American Homebrewers Associations (AHA) and the AHA itself is in full support of this issue and has been very helpful to RYP to get the Bills to each House. Gary will be getting information out to the 20,000 AHA Members to help spread the word. Here is a link to the AHA's talking points to help you:

http://www.homebrewersassociation.or...talking-points

We also have permission to say that they are in full support of our efforts.

Thanks!
Ken

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Old 01-20-2010, 09:47 PM   #2
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mississippi people, please contact your reps and senators.

if you know them personally, CALL THEM!

we could possibly get this through this year, but it's an uphill battle.

rep. moak is supposed to be pretty strong up there at getting stuff to the floor and the vice chair of the ways and means committee is in full support of this bill.

make a noise people. let's get out of the dark ages.

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Old 01-21-2010, 12:06 AM   #3
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I don't know, it might lead to dancing.

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Yeah....we have to go across the state line to do that too.

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and I thought PA was backwards when it came to alcohol. Good luck--I hope you guys can get it done.

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Old 01-21-2010, 01:46 PM   #6
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It a screwy law we have here now as homebrewing wine is legal... I've talked with my Representative, David Nordquist, and he thinks this will pass...

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It a screwy law we have here now as homebrewing wine is legal... I've talked with my Representative, David Nordquist, and he thinks this will pass...
dave is a really good guy. i used to work with him when i lived in NOMS. he's confident it can get a majority vote, but not that it will get 3/5ths if required.
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I think we've got a shot if the homebrewers get the word out to the Reps. Thanks guys.

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I hope you get a bill passed and into law, I love the state and it is on my short list to move to once I get out of AZ. bootleg beer brewing is not on my list of things to be arrested for. although it is tempting!

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Why is it illegal to homebrew in Mississippi? I thought Jimmy Carter legalized it for everyone in 1979.

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