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

March 11, 2022

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% to 0.05%. Dumbing down the definition of “drunk” will do…

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

March 1, 2022

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 to fund the government and federal programs, now is the time…

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Sales Territories by Beer Wholesalers – SB 959

February 23, 2022

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 agreement with a brewer before selling and delivering…

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

February 23, 2022

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 and medium sized businesses would allow them to take a…

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TLW Opposes SB 57/AB 71 – Alcohol Delivery

February 23, 2022

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 drinking, public drunkenness, and drunken driving. Allowing for…

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TLW Supports AB 587/SB 572 – Reducing Swipe Fees

February 23, 2022

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. Retailers in Wisconsin are required to collect and remit…

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Recent Wins

Led the effort to permit the sale of cocktails to-go from taverns, restaurants and supper clubs.

Past Wins

The Tavern League of Wisconsin responded to the concerns members had in obtaining operator licenses for employees who were licensed in another municipality by lobbying for a change in state law. Under the new law( 125.17(2) ) a municipality must issue a provisional(60 days)operators license to a person with a valid bartenders license from another municipality and who has paid the proper fee. This important change not only benefits the employee but also the employer.

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