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Beer bills headed back to Mississippi state legislature

January 17, 2012 By: mike Category: Beer in the news, Craft beer, Government

Raise Your Pints - MississippiEfforts to revamp Mississippi’s archaic beer laws stalled last year, but a new state legislative session is starting.

Bills endorsed by the non-profit Raise Your Pints, whose mission is to “help bring the highest quality beers in the world to Mississippi,” will soon be back on the table.

“We’re waiting on the MS Legislature to get situated with committee assignments, then our bills will be introduced. Stay tuned,” Raise Your Pints tweeted on Friday.

In Mississippi, you can’t buy a beer that’s over 5% alcohol by weight. You can’t even legally brew your own beer at home.

So is this the year that beer enthusiasts will see progress in Mississippi?

According to The Clarion-Ledger’s state government beat reporter Elizabeth Crisp, that remains to be seen.

Crisp blogged about the issue Monday. She noted that the previous Senate Finance Committee Chairman Dean Kirby, who had prevented past bills from being discussed by his committee and effectively rendered them dead on arrival, was not reappointed to that post this year.

I recently asked new Finance Committee Chair Joey Fillingane, R-Sumrall, about the efforts.

As Finance chairman, such bills would come through his committee, but Fillingane said on Friday that he has not seen any beer proposals this year and, therefore, did not want to speculate on the route he would take with them.

“Obviously, anytime you start looking at the issue of alcohol it becomes a more controversial topic in Mississippi,” he said. [source]

We’ll keep you posted on the efforts of Raise Your Pints this legislative session.

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