A member in the Nashville Beer Geek Facebook group just posted on my wall. Senator Bill Ketron stated that he will move in committee to remove amendment 2 from the bill, calling it "a terrible amendment".
Let's keep our fingers crossed, and keep calling your Senators. Tell them that our local TN craft brewers should not be treated as second class breweries, restricting their ability to compete with those out of state breweries.
A few readers have posted an email response from Senator Johnson:
"I have spoken with Sen. Yager regarding your concerns. He has assured me that he will remove any language that is harmful to current or prospective brewers. I will continue to monitor the legislation to be sure.Thanks for the email
Hearsay this morning was that Governor Haslem supported the bill. Several of us on the Facebook page started calling. Johnathan Borsodi of Marble City Brewing Co. posted this message:
Per Mark Cate, Special Assistant and Policy Advisor to Gov. Haslam, "We agree that the amendment as written will not work and are working to find a better solution."
We have some momentum! Spread the word and get people to call and email those lawmakers. It's not over yet. I will post updates as they come in