Vick bill to allow growler sales in grocery stores passes the House


Vick bill to allow growler sales in grocery stores passes the House

The Washington State House of Representatives convenes for floor debate on pending legislation February 13th (32nd Day of the 60-Day 2014 Regular Session).Rep. Brandon Vick, R-Felida, passed his third bill of the year, House Bill 2371, on Feb. 17. The bill would allow grocery stores that sell bottled beer to sell growlers (a container brought by a customer) of beer made in small breweries in the Pacific Northwest.

“This bill is a great way to promote a growing new industry in Washington state,” said Vick. “It will help our craft breweries and local businesses with increased visibility and give customers the option of accessing a product that they wish to purchase, at a location that is more convenient to them.  This legislation will help to provide to a level playing field for all craft brewers and retailers, and remove a barrier to entry that is currently imposed by the state.”

The bill passed out of the state House of Representatives just in time. Feb. 18 was the house of origin cutoff in the Legislature – meaning bills must pass out of the House or Senate or they are considered “dead.” The exceptions to this rule are measures deemed necessary to implement the state operating, capital and transportation budgets.

The legislation passed 77 – 20 and is now headed to the state Senate for consideration. The bill has until March 7 to pass the Senate. The 2014 regular session began Jan. 13 and ends March 13.

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Washington State House Republican Communications
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