The passing of Florida House Bill 347 is critical to the Florida’s craft spirits industry and we need to band together and help get this passed! This bill will allow craft distillers to sell limited quantities at your distillery and foster growth of our industry. Dozens of other states allow this and Florida should too.
HB 347 has been assigned a number of committees for review. In short, 4 separate committees that will discuss and vote on the passage of this bill being sponsored by Rep. Ron Renuart. The way legislation gets passed is:
- A member of the house has to sponsor a bill (done)
- The bill is assigned to be reviewed during the session by a number of committees (in progress)
- Assuming the bill is supported by all review committees, then it goes to the full floor for a vote. (pending a successful outcome of all committees)
So we are now at a point where the bill is in the hands of only a few members of congress. The most critical people are the ones on this and the other three committees ( http://flhouse.gov/Sections/Bills/billsdetail.aspx?BillId=49536) that will hear the bill: Each and every member are important to the outcome of this proposed legislation!!
WHAT YOU NEED TO DO: If any of THE FLORIDA DISTILLERS GUILD members have congressional members from your county/districts, serving on these committees, we need to know. From there, we will try to arrange with the appropriate legislator and recommend they scheduled a visit to your business:
WHY IS THIS SO IMPORTANT: The one on one time with you as a constituent is invaluable. You can develop a persona l relationship and educate your local representatives about the positive impact that this bill will have on your business and our industry: Sustaining the vitality of our businesses, create new jobs, capital investment, increase new investment in Florida’s agriculture, etc.
TIME IS OF THE ESSENCE: This year’s legislative session is already in full swing. Member of congress will be spending time in Tallahassee and then back in your home towns. The sooner we can meet these members and explain the positive elements of HB 347, the more informed they will be when the committees convene and they can vote with a better understanding. The more opportunities we have to speak as business owners and job creators on the front lines of creating a new Florida economy, the better our changes of helping create a majority of votes out of each of these committees.
THE TIME TO PARTICIPATE, GET INVOLVED AND MAKE A DIFFERENCE IS RIGHT NOW!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!