Legislative Update – 5/31/24

By Published On: May 31, 2024

Legislative measures pending across the nation may impact the craft beverage industry, either positively or negatively.  Here are some of the bills the Craft Wine Association is tracking related to direct shipping regulations for craft distillers, wineries, and breweries across key states.

California (AB3203): California’s Alcoholic Beverage Control Act currently permits licensed craft distillers to directly ship distilled spirits to consumers, a provision set to expire on January 1, 2025. Assembly Bill 3203 seeks to extend this authorization until January 1, 2026, providing an additional year of direct-to-consumer shipping under regulated conditions. The bill is currently with the Senate Rules Committee as of May 23, 2024.

Illinois (HB4701 and SB3161): Both House Bill 4701 and Senate Bill 3161 propose amendments to the Liquor Control Act of 1934, introducing the Uniform Alcohol Direct-Shipping Compliance Act. These amendments require third-party providers who ship wine on behalf of winery shippers to register, maintain records, and report shipments to the Illinois Liquor Control Commission. Carriers must verify the consignor’s licensing before delivery.

  • HB4701 was introduced to the House Rules Committee on April 5, 2024.
  • SB3161 was introduced to the Senate Liquor Committee on May 25, 2024.

Maryland (SB1041): Senate Bill 1041 introduces direct-to-consumer delivery permits for beer, wine, and liquor. The bill establishes permit requirements, caps the annual amount of alcohol a consumer can receive via direct delivery, and removes limits on purchases made directly from manufacturers. Approved by the Governor on May 16, 2024, this legislation supports consumer convenience while maintaining regulatory oversight.

Missouri (HB2898): House Bill 2898 proposes increasing the monthly shipment limit from two cases to four cases of wine per consumer. This change reflects growing consumer demand and aims to boost the state’s wine industry by allowing greater flexibility in direct shipments. The bill was introduced to the House General Laws Committee on May 17, 2024.

Stay informed on legislative updates to remain compliant and capitalize on market expansion opportunities.

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