2017 Senate Bill 439

Expand wine and grape council mission

Introduced in the Senate

June 7, 2017

Introduced by Sen. Goeff Hansen (R-34)

To revise the particular interests that must be represented on a government grape and wine industry council, by adding a member who represents micro-brewer interests. Also, to revise this entity's mission to include providing the same kind of indirect subsidies to those interests that it provides to wine making interests, and authorize direct subsidies to hops and barley growers. In 2014 this operation reportedly received $927,898 from certain liquor license fees (taxes) and spent $797,000 on things that are supposed to benefit the industry, including $373,000 on compensation for its staff.

Referred to the Committee on Regulatory Reform

Dec. 7, 2017

Reported without amendment

With the recommendation that the substitute (S-1) be adopted and that the bill then pass.

Jan. 17, 2018

Passed in the Senate 37 to 0 (details)

Received in the House

Jan. 17, 2018

Referred to the Committee on Regulatory Reform