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BeehiveBrewer 02-22-2008 03:09 PM

Utah is considering legalizing homebrew!
 
I wrote a letter to my rep. You can find your rep at: http://http://le.utah.gov/

then click Legislators, then click Find by Address/Map

"...The Utah Legislature General Session ends on March 5, 2008. Therefore
time
is of the essence."



Apparently the bill had a favorable recommendation in the House Rules Committee yesterday. I'm not sure what that means, but it sounds good.

Bill info: http://le.utah.gov/~2008/htmdoc/hbillhtm/HB0425S01.htm

"....the bill that would make this possible is before the
Utah
House of Representatives (HB 425), has already been introduced, and is
with
the House Rules Committee. It must make its way through committee
before it
can go back to the floor for a debate and vote. Encouraging your
legislator to support this bill is important at every step of the way."

mrkristofo 02-22-2008 03:13 PM

Thanks for that!

Edit: Emails sent to my representative (L. Wiley) and Senator (R. Romero). By looking at the votes, it appears my rep is already on-board. booya!

Editx2: Just spoke to AHA Director Gary Class who testified on the floor yesterday. He said he though the bill was very well received given the unanimous "Yea" vote, but it's questionable whether it will make it past the House floor for open vote and then past the Senate. Utahns, write your representative & senator to urge your support for HB 425

Nyxator 02-22-2008 03:17 PM

Right on. Good luck, Utahns. Seems to me that the bill reads the same as the ones passed in most other states, allowing 200g per year per household. I actually did not know it was illegal there, still. I know some brewers from Utah... :mug:

BeehiveBrewer 02-22-2008 03:49 PM

My rep isn't on the committee, but it looks like they were all yeas.

Onto the house!

EdWort 02-22-2008 03:55 PM

Good luck! I lived there as a Homebrew fugitive for 5 years brewing in Happy Valley. :D For some unknown reason, I could not get any of the missionariess to try my beer when they stopped by. I told them I would invite them in if they would enjoy a beer with me, but they always declined and moved on.

brewt00l 02-22-2008 04:23 PM

Do they actually enforce the current legislation that makes homebrewing illegal?

zoebisch01 02-23-2008 03:09 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by brewt00l
Do they actually enforce the current legislation that makes homebrewing illegal?

I think a lot of laws are written so that they are not really enforced but in place to make you a criminal when you aren't really doing anything wrong :(.

Matt Foley 02-23-2008 03:13 PM

Wow, I did not realize that this bill was even pending. Just last night as I was pouring a tall one for a guest we talked about the illegality here. Its funny as the Beer Nut and Arts Brewing Supplies have been around for a long time in SLC. Of course selling brewing supplies has never been illegal, just using them. Its seems like back in the early 90s I used to hear stories of Art catching some hell. Anyway, I am contacting my legislator. Thanks.

EdWort 02-23-2008 03:17 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Matt Foley
Wow, I did not realize that this bill was even pending. Just last night as I was pouring a tall one for a guest we talked about the illegality here. Its funny as the Beer Nut and Arts Brewing Supplies have been around for a long time in SLC. Of course selling brewing supplies has never been illegal, just using them. Its seems like back in the early 90s I used to hear stories of Art catching some hell. Anyway, I am contacting my legislator. Thanks.

Yeah, I used to get all my supplies at the Beer Nut in SLC. I had asked them many years ago about an all grain brewing class. They could do it all the way up to pitching the yeast. If they were to ever add yeast, that would be breaking the law and they did not want to bring scrutiny to the business.

Utah is a bit backwards regarding alcohol due to the Mormon influence in their legislature. One's gotta buy a membership in a pub to get a beer in most places still.

BeehiveBrewer 02-23-2008 05:16 PM

I don't think they have ever enforced the law, but I don't want to be the one they start on.

I wonder if they will include a keg clause since you can't buy kegs in Utah either?

Let's hope so:fro:


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