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This round not on the House: Plans to let consumers buy beer from the Texas source officially dead
Saturday, May 16, 2009, 11:11AM CST
By Matt Pulle
A bill that would have allowed Texas beer drinkers to buy beer where it's brewed has, legislatively speaking, passed out in a drunken stupor. And it won't be revived for at least another two years.

State Rep. Jessica Farrar, a Houston Democrat whose district includes the Saint Arnold Brewing Company, had hoped her compromise plan would appease the state's powerful beer distributors' lobby. While she did get her bill out of committee, the Calendars Committee did not schedule it for a vote.

“It’s very clear that ... it got buried,” Farrar told the Houston Chronicle's Ronnie Crocker.

Two other similiar measures--one from state Sen. Wendy Davis, the other from state Rep. Lon Burnam--also did not pass a legislative deadline to come up for vote. The legislative session is set to end in a matter of weeks.

As we explained earlier this year, the state's antiquated beer laws treat microbreweries as a threat to public safety, while the state's beer distributors, who lavish campaign money on lawmakers from both parties, fiercely guard their monopoly. Farrar's bill--as modest as it was--would have given them a few less cases to distribute. And so her bill didn't have much of a chance.
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