Update: Vintners are Getting Closer to Pouring at Charity Events
A few months ago, we covered an ongoing story about wineries pouring at charitable events. At that point, we thought that the bill was about to be signed by the governor, but it apparently wasn’t.
But the bill did pass another hurdle in the process, as the California state Senate approved it by a 36 – 0 vote. The bill, AB 323, would permit holders of Type 17 and 20 licenses to pour wine at charitable events. AB 323 will now go back to the Assembly for agreement on the amendments.
The bill was introduced by Assembly member Noreen Evans, D- Santa Rosa. If signed, it would take effect January 1st, 2008, but Evans recently added an amendment that would make AB 323 go into effect immediately after it was signed by the governor.
Evans added, the “Government shouldn’t be punishing anyone for donating to charity. But these vintners had their licenses temporarily suspended. My legislation stops this silliness.”