|Representative Larry Liston arguing in favor of the bill.|
Today HB1284, the bill that would allow full strength beer to be sold in grocery and convenience stores, failed to be passed again. In fact, Destroyed might be a better word with the vote coming in at 46 to 17. In a couple days you’ll be able to watch an archive of the video from The Colorado Channel. We’ve gone over the bill a few times in the blog, you can read comments from both sides here as well as a response from Mike Bristol in the comment field here. Most people in the Colorado Craft Beer industry will be very enthusiastic about these results.
I was able to watch a little bit of the live feed before I had to go to work so I actually missed the final verdict. But there were a few interesting points that the side-in-favor made. One of those was a study by Henry Sobanet that concluded results that are very different from the Summit Economics study that is so often mentioned by dissenters. The other point was that in other states where all beer and alcohol are allowed in grocery stores, there is a higher per capta number of liquor stores. This was new news to me. On first glance I couldn’t immediately find the exact study they were mentioning so I’m going to have to wait a few days and once the recording is uploaded I will go back and see which study they are talking about and try to find it online. I never did hear back from Summit Economics about how they acquired their data.
Also, Bristol Brewing did a great job giving a play-by-play on Twitter so that on my way to work I was able to keep up with what was happening. Thank you Bristol for doing that. For those of you who want to know exactly what happened, but don’t have the patience to wait three days for the video to be uploaded on The Colorado Channel, I am going to post their updates below before they get sent into the never-ever-land of the Twittersphere:
From Bristol’s Twitter:
– Rep Liston says consumers are “confused” by 3.2 beer.
– Soper: “I’ve been promised that if this passes I’ll never hear another bill from g-stores about wine or liquor again. Do you commit to that?
– Amendment L-010, no caffeinated alcoholic beverages, passes
– Amend. L-012, caps ABV in g- and c-stores at 11% (“alcopops”), is being discussed from a public safety standpoint.
– L-012 would also apply to barley wines, double IPAs, etc over 11%
– Fields: my district doesn’t need more places to buy alcohol, we need jobs. Don’t kill small business.
– Duran: support grocery workers and their unions by supporting this bill.
– Priola: “there are plenty of liquor stores in CA. This is about consumers. I am more than convinced that brewers will benefit from this.”
– Priola: will this kill jobs? Who knows? But we have to consider the c-store owners too.
– Wilson: MADD is against this bill.
– Wilson: it’s not a free market bill and won’t be until street vendors and your neighbor can sell it.
– Wilson: 50 liq stores in my district. 49 say it will hurt them really badly.
– Wilson: I believe brewers when they say it will hurt them. They know what they’re doing.
– Liston: “breweries are booming. Brewers *want* grocery stores. That’s where the growth is.” Thanks for speaking for us, Larry.
– Kagan: If you support free markets, this is not your bill. It just tinkers around the edges of a highly regulated industry.
– Balmer: mom&pop c-stores lost 5% of their sales to Sunday sales. Beer is beer. Why do we need to have two kinds of beer? Vote yes.
– Levy: don’t destroy their investment. Let them play by the rules.
– DelGrosso: liq is ALL a liq store can sell. Gstores can sell all kinds of things. I’m a free market guy, but this just messes things up more
– Ryden moves amendment L-015 – if a small business defaults on their loan b/c of this bill, it will be forgiven.
– L-015 defeated
– Liston: that’s a poison pill
– L-016 fails
– Priola: do it for the consumer.
– No further discussion. Someone called for a division vote.
– Hey, I think he’s talking about me!
– You all called your representatives, right? Does Liston speak for you?
– … They just have to add one job per store to add hundreds of jobs.”
– Holy cow! It would put it on the ballot in 2012!!
– Pace: let’s just vote and make a decision
– L-013 fails (loudly)
– Those in favor…
– Hb1284 fails!!
– We killed it 46-17. We picked up an extra six votes that we didn’t know about! Loved Liston’s panic attack with the referendum amendment.