Missouri’s House has passed a hotly-contested bill protecting the state’s liquor wholesalers in their dispute with brewers, distillers, and other producers.
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In a statement this afternoon, liquor suppliers “blasted” the unexpected passage of the measure, which had stalled in the legislature.
“It’s not the government’s role to legislate business relationships,” saidBen Jenkins
, Vice President of theDistilled Spirits Council,
in a statement emailed to reporters. “If this legislation passes, wholesalers will have no incentive to meet the needs of suppliers since there will be no consequences for their actions.UPDATE
: Here’s a quote fromSue McCollum
of Major Brands, a liquor wholesaler:
“The Missouri House has taken a big step today toward protecting thousands of Missouri jobs. This bill would restore the regulatory framework that has existed since Prohibition, but was weakened by a federal court.
“Now we need the Missouri Senate to take up and pass this crucial, bi-partisan piece of legislation.”
The bill now goes to the Missouri Senate, where prospects are uncertain.