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Alaska Senate passes alcohol regulation bill

The Alaska State Senate passed a bill last month that would potentially rewrite many of the state’s current alcohol regulations. Senate Bill 76, introduced by Soldotna Republican Senator Peter Micciche, essentially seeks to update Title IV statues governing the Alcoholic Beverage Control in Alaska.

The biggest change included in the bill is the regulation change that will now allow a manufacturer to own a retail license or beverage dispensary license. This would allow distilleries to manufacturer their product on site and purchase and operate under a normal beverage license as if it were a bar as long as the business purchased all of the proper licenses. The new title update also includes a clause regulating online sales of alcohol and create a winery direct shipment license which would allow out-of-state wineries to ship directly to consumers. This would apply only to wineries.

Source: newsminer.com, May 2018