Lawmakers, State Comptroller Battle Over Craft Brewing Bills - WBOC-TV 16, Delmarvas News Leader, FOX 21 -

Lawmakers, State Comptroller Battle Over Craft Brewing Bills

Posted: Feb 23, 2018 6:31 PM Updated:
(Photo credit: MGN) (Photo credit: MGN)

ANNAPOLIS, Md. - In a packed room inside the House of Delegates, lawmakers sitting in committee were sounding off.

Sounding off against State Comptroller Peter Franchot's Reform on Tap Bill, or House Bill 518. The bill would remove production and sale caps for Class 5 craft brewers.

But lawmakers like Democratic Delegate Talmadge Branch of Baltimore City says what the Comptroller is pushing isn't in the right direction.

"We are rolling it back to see if we can get it right," Branch said.

Branch argues the state's current brewing laws are flawed.

To fix them, Branch is proposing a bill nearly opposite the Comptroller's bill, which would restrict the amount craft brewers can produce and sell. Branch's bill, House Bill 1052, would also exempt Guinness in Baltimore County from production and sale restrictions. 

But people like Joe Petro, of the Hair O' the Dog Wine & Spirits Store in Easton, argues restricting craft brewers will only hurt businesses like his.

"Our store benefits tremendously by their growth," Petro said.

The Comptroller's bill, according to Petro, could bring the state untapped potential.

But some argue the Comptroller's bill is simply too much.

"He seems to think his job is to regulate from the bar top. We don't feel that's appropriate for the chief regulator," said Republican Delegate Warren Miller of Carroll and Howard counties.


Miller says the Comptroller's bill is overstepping bounds.

That's why he's pushing another bill - stripping the Comptroller's job to regulating the alcohol industry.

But surrounded by his supporters, Comptroller Franchot says that's wrong.


"It's an immature, petty, vindictive message to me that I should shut up and go away," Franchot said.


A message brewing up a battle of bills and a battle over beer.

  • Delmarvawide NewsDelmarvawide NewsMore>>

  • Draper Media to Acquire WRDE

    Draper Media to Acquire WRDE

    Aug 21, 2018 9:22 AM -04:002018-08-21 13:22:00 GMT
    Tuesday, August 21 2018 9:48 AM EDT2018-08-21 13:48:27 GMT
    Draper Media, which is the parent company of WBOC-TV, and SagamoreHill of Salisbury Licenses, LLC announced Tuesday that they have entered into a purchase agreement for WRDE-LD, an NBC affiliate serving the Delmarva Peninsula as Coast TV.More
    Draper Media, which is the parent company of WBOC-TV, and SagamoreHill of Salisbury Licenses, LLC announced Tuesday that they have entered into a purchase agreement for WRDE-LD, an NBC affiliate serving the Delmarva Peninsula as Coast TV.More
  • Low-number Delaware License Plate Auctioned for $410K

    Low-number Delaware License Plate Auctioned for $410K

    Aug 21, 2018 9:11 AM -04:002018-08-21 13:11:00 GMT
    Tuesday, August 21 2018 9:11 AM EDT2018-08-21 13:11:38 GMT
    (Photo credit: Delaware Tag Traders)(Photo credit: Delaware Tag Traders)
    (Photo credit: Delaware Tag Traders)(Photo credit: Delaware Tag Traders)
    Low-numbered Delaware license plates are in demand. Someone paid $410,000 for the plate bearing the number 20 when it went up for auction Sunday at the Rehoboth Beach Convention Center.More
    Low-numbered Delaware license plates are in demand. Someone paid $410,000 for the plate bearing the number 20 when it went up for auction Sunday at the Rehoboth Beach Convention Center.More
  • Breeder Sues for Return of 40 German Shepherds Taken in Raid

    Breeder Sues for Return of 40 German Shepherds Taken in Raid

    Aug 21, 2018 8:52 AM -04:002018-08-21 12:52:00 GMT
    Tuesday, August 21 2018 8:52 AM EDT2018-08-21 12:52:42 GMT
    Jolindy's Kennel (Photo: WBOC)Jolindy's Kennel (Photo: WBOC)
    Jolindy's Kennel (Photo: WBOC)Jolindy's Kennel (Photo: WBOC)
    The owner of 40 German Shepherds seized by animal control officers near Pocomoke City, Maryland, is suing to get them back.More
    The owner of 40 German Shepherds seized by animal control officers near Pocomoke City, Maryland, is suing to get them back.More
  • Most Popular VideosMost Popular VideosMore>>

  • Empty Crab Houses Look to Fall Season, Still With No Crab Pickers

    Empty Crab Houses Look to Fall Season, Still With No Crab Pickers

    It's slim pickings for at least three of Dorchester County's crab houses. Since the start of crab season in April, the crab houses have sat empty without their Mexican crab pickers. It started when the U.S. Department of Homeland Security released H2-B worker visas through a lottery system, leaving out many businesses in dire need of seasonal help.

    More

    It's slim pickings for at least three of Dorchester County's crab houses. Since the start of crab season in April, the crab houses have sat empty without their Mexican crab pickers. It started when the U.S. Department of Homeland Security released H2-B worker visas through a lottery system, leaving out many businesses in dire need of seasonal help.

    More
  • People Staying Overnight In Storage Facilities

    People Staying Overnight In Storage Facilities

     De-Storage units are turning into extended stays lately. At least that's the case at Central Park Mini Storage in Felton and Bridgeville.

    More

     De-Storage units are turning into extended stays lately. At least that's the case at Central Park Mini Storage in Felton and Bridgeville.

    More
  • Rehoboth Beach Police Looking for Theft Suspects

    Rehoboth Beach Police Looking for Theft Suspects

    The Rehoboth Beach Police Department is asking for the public's help in identifying two people involved with stealing from an arcade. The incident happened around 1:30 p.m. Saturday at the Beach Arcade. 

    More

    The Rehoboth Beach Police Department is asking for the public's help in identifying two people involved with stealing from an arcade. The incident happened around 1:30 p.m. Saturday at the Beach Arcade. 

    More
Powered by Frankly

All content © Copyright 2000 - 2018 WBOC. All Rights Reserved. For more information on this site, please read our Privacy Policy, and Terms of Service, and Ad Choices