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What We’ve Done and What We’re Going To Do

What We’ve Done and What We’re Going To Do The Wisconsin Legislature has adjourned its 2021-22 legislative session. The Legislature operates on a two-year cycle, beginning in the January of odd-numbered years. The first six months are primarily dedicated to working on the biennial budget and then the focus shifts to stand- alone legislation. With…

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Legislative Districts Set by State Supreme Court

Legislative Districts Set by State Supreme Court The Wisconsin Supreme Court, in a 4-3 ruling, adopted the redistricting maps that the Republican Legislature drew and passed late last year, but were vetoed by Governor Evers. In its ruling, the Supreme Court indicated that the maps are not only race neutral, but adhere to the least-change…

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TLW Endorses Rebecca Kleefisch for Governor

TLW Endorses Rebecca Kleefisch for Governor The Tavern League of Wisconsin is endorsing Rebecca Kleefisch’s campaign for Governor of Wisconsin. “With the countless struggles our industry has endured, Rebecca Kleefisch has the knowledge, experience, and potential to protect our businesses and put tools in place to help us all succeed,” said Tavern League President Keith…

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2022 — It’s Election Season Already

2022 — It’s Election Season Already The longer, warmer days are much needed relief after what seemed like an unusually long and cold winter. Meanwhile, the legislative session has adjourned with the focus now on the 2022 elections. The primary election is set for Aug. 9 and the general election for Nov. 8. Every 10…

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OPINION: Federalism on full display as Utah navigates drunk-driving legislation

OPINION: Federalism on full display as Utah navigates drunk-driving legislation The laboratories of democracy, a phrase popularized by Supreme Court Justice Louis D. Brandeis to describe federalism, are in full swing across the country. One policy experiment some states are considering is lowering the legal blood alcohol concentration level for driving by 40%, from 0.08%…

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Beverage Licensees Urge Congress to Provide COVID-19 Relief to Hospitality Businesses

Beverage Licensees Urge Congress to Provide COVID-19 Relief to Hospitality Businesses Nearly two years since the onset of the pandemic, many bars, taverns and independent restaurants remain underwater and are struggling to get back on their feet, pay off debt, or otherwise recover from the significant setbacks caused by the pandemic. As Congress considers legislation…

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Sales Territories by Beer Wholesalers – SB 959

Sales Territories by Beer Wholesalers – SB 959 Rep. Knodl and Sen. Stroebel have introduced SB 959 which would eliminate the requirement under current law that a brewer can only give one wholesaler exclusive distribution rights for a brand in a designated sales territory. Under current law, a beer wholesaler must enter into a written…

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TLW Suppots AB 762/SB 834 – Media Advertising Tax Credit

TLW Suppots AB 762/SB 834 – Media Advertising Tax Credit The Tavern League of Wisconsin supports this legislation authored by Senator Roger Roth and Representative Todd Novak. Assembly Bill 762 and Senate Bill 834 would provide a tax credit for businesses that purchase advertising in local media outlets. The 5-year tax credit directed at small…

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TLW Opposes SB 57/AB 71 – Alcohol Delivery

TLW Opposes SB 57/AB 71 – Alcohol Delivery The Tavern League of Wisconsin opposes legislation authored by Senator Duey Stroebel and Representative Gary Tauchen that would allow restaurants and grocery stores to deliver beer, wine, and intoxicating liquor. The reason the hospitality industry is highly regulated is to protect public safety and to minimize underage…

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TLW Supports AB 587/SB 572 – Reducing Swipe Fees

TLW Supports AB 587/SB 572 – Reducing Swipe Fees The Tavern League of Wisconsin supports Assembly Bill 587 and Senate Bill 572, authored by Representative Tyler Vorpagel and Senator Dan Feyen. Assembly Bill 587 and Senate Bill 572 would eliminate the imposition of credit card swipe fees on the tax portion of a sales transaction.…

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