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Session of 2021 - 2022 Regular Session


Posted: December 14, 2020 01:05 PM
From: Representative Daniel J. Deasy
To: All House members
Subject: Pennsylvania Distilled Spirits Industry Promotion Board (formerly HB325)
Over the past several years the Pennsylvania Legislature has made significant changes to the craft distillery industry allowing for record-level growth and expansion. Since 2012 Pennsylvania has increased from having only four limited distilleries to over one hundred. While this level of growth is exciting, distillers are still faced with unique challenges not seen in the production of wine and beer.

In recent years Pennsylvania has created marketing and research promotion boards for both wine and brewed beverages. Our limited distilleries deserve the same level of support and opportunities that other industries are provided.

As such, my proposal will create the Pennsylvania Distilled Spirits Industry Promotion Board. The Board will be comprised of appointees designated by the Governor and Legislature and will be charged with awarding $1 million dollars in grants for the use of promotion, marketing and research based projects to which benefit the industry.

The Pennsylvania Distilling Industry has made great strides over the years and with this board could reach all new levels of production and success. It is crucial that we support Pennsylvania business and industries equally across the board. Please join me in supporting the great distillers of Pennsylvania.
Those that co-sponsored this bill during the 2019-2020 legislative session:  DEASY, READSHAW, HILL-EVANS, BARRAR, PYLE, PASHINSKI, FREEMAN, KULIK, MILLARD, NEILSON, SCHWEYER and KORTZ

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Introduced as HB474