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TLW Opposes Craft Retail Outlet Legislation

February 23, 2022

The Tavern League of Wisconsin opposes legislation that has been drafted that will allow craft brewers, wineries and distillers to open full-service retail outlets. Under the proposal, these producers would be allowed to open and operate up to three retail outlets per each permit they own, depending on the size of their operations. The full-service…

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TLW Supports Restaurant Revitalization Grants – AB 717/SB 690

February 23, 2022

The Tavern League of Wisconsin supports Assembly Bill 717 and Senate Bill 690, authored by Senator Roger Roth and Representative Robert Wittke. Assembly Bill 717 and Senate Bill 690 create a tax exemption for income received in the form of a grant from the Restaurant Revitalization Fund, which was enacted at the federal level under…

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TLW Supports AB 364 – Retailer Purchases of Beer from Class A

February 23, 2022

The Tavern League of Wisconsin supports Assembly Bill 364 authored by Representative Dan Knodl. Assembly Bill 364 was introduced to assist retailers who are having a difficult time receiving product from wholesalers. Under the bill, a retailer who purchases 15 cases of beer or less in one month, or 48 liters or more of intoxicating…

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Lawmakers Advocate for Transparent System for Performance Music

December 23, 2021

As anyone who has run a tavern can attest, navigating the world of music copyright laws can be a daunting task. Music can help bring value to your business, though making sure you are complying with existing laws can be difficult. Failure to do so can bring legal and financial consequences. ASCAP (American Society of…

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TLW supports the restriction of credit card swipe fees

November 19, 2021

The TLW is a member of a Main Street Wisconsin business coalition in support of a bill sponsored by Sen. Dan Feyen (R-Fond du Lac) and Rep. Tyler Vorpagel (R-Plymouth) to restrict swipe fees to retailers on the state tax portion of a transaction. Assembly Bill 587 and Senate Bill 572 would: Prohibit a “swipe…

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Dane County issues new mask mandate

August 17, 2021

Public Health Madison/Dane County has just issued a new indoor mask mandate, for all individuals age 2 and over. The order takes effect Thursday, August 19, and will remain in effect through September 16. Businesses are required to develop and implement a written policy and procedure that ensures employees are provided with and wear face…

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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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