Texas House and Senate Approve Historic Legislation to Promote a Free Market for Liquor Store Ownership

The Texas Senate and House of Representatives have overwhelmingly approved historic legislation that strikes down a decades-old anticompetitive and unconstitutional loophole limiting liquor store ownership that will promote a free and fair market in Texas. The Legislature approved HB 1545, sponsored by Sen. Brian Birdwell, R-Granbury, and Rep. Chris Paddie, R-Marshall, that would authorize the […]

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Distilled Spirits Council of the United States Names Craft Advisory Council

The Distilled Spirits Council of the United States (DISCUS), America’s leading advocate for the distilled spirits industry, today announced a newly constituted Craft Advisory Council to represent craft distillers’ positions on key policy issues and to enhance the membership experience for its craft members. “DISCUS is fully committed to understanding and advancing the issues important […]

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Distilled Spirits Council Commends Agreement with Canada and Mexico to Lift Retaliatory Tariffs on American Whiskey

The Distilled Spirits Council today welcomed news that the United States, Canada, and Mexico reached an agreement that will result in the prompt repeal of retaliatory tariffs on American Whiskey exports to Canada and Mexico. “We thank the Administration for reaching an agreement to secure the removal of retaliatory tariffs on American Whiskey exports to […]

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Distilled Spirits Council Blasts Proposed 10% Alcohol Tax Increase in Connecticut

The Distilled Spirits Council today called on the Connecticut legislature to reject the budget proposal by the state Joint Finance, Revenue and Bonding Committee, which included a new 10 percent excise tax increase on alcohol. “The proposal is a massive tax increase on consumers that received no oversight or chance for public comment,” said Distilled Spirits […]

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Distilled Spirits Council Statement on New York Mayor Bill de Blasio’s Action to Ban Alcohol Advertising on City Property

The Distilled Spirits Council today issued the following statement from Distilled Spirits Council Vice President Jay Hibbard: The mayor’s decision to ban alcohol advertising is misguided and unsupported by the scientific research. The research is clear – parents and other adults are the most influential factors in a youth’s decision whether or not to drink […]

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North Carolina Takes Step Toward Greater Consumer Spirits Shopping Convenience

Council-Backed Legislation Allows Seven Day Sales; Tastings The Distilled Spirits Council today applauded the North Carolina House ABC Committee for passing legislation out of committee that would allow seven day spirits sales and tastings. The legislation, HB 91, would allow local ABC boards to set retail days and hours of operation as they so choose. It […]

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Pennsylvania Senate Introduces Legislation Expanding Consumer Access to Distilled Spirits

The Distilled Spirits Council today lauded legislation introduced by State Senator Gene Yaw (R-23) that would expand the number of outlets permitted to sell spirits in Pennsylvania. The legislation, SB 548, would increase the number of spirits outlets by allowing existing off-premise licensees, including grocery stores with “R licenses” and beer retailers, to immediately begin […]

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Texas Senate and House recognize April as Alcohol Responsibility Month

The Texas Senate and House of Representatives today recognized April as Alcohol Responsibility Month as “a welcome opportunity to call attention to the work that must be done to further reduce the tragic impact of drunk driving and underage drinking in Texas.” The Senate and House approved SR 536 by Sen. Kelly Hancock, R-North Richland Hills, and […]

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Responsibility.org partners with WSWA to launch Think Responsibly campaign

Responsibility.org today launched Think Responsibly, a new campaign directed to millennial adults, in partnership with Wine & Spirits Wholesalers of America (WSWA) and the Distilled Spirits Council of the United States (DISCUS) at the wholesalers’ 76th annual convention in Orlando. The campaign, geared toward millennials of legal purchase age who choose to drink, aims to […]

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DISCUS Applauds Mississippi’s Investment in Spirits Warehouse Operations

Council Backed Legislation Appropriates $4 Million for New ABC Warehouse The Distilled Spirits Council today commended the Mississippi House and Senate for approving the Council-backed Mississippi appropriations bill, which includes a $4 million appropriation for a new Mississippi ABC warehouse. “We are pleased to have worked with legislators and the Mississippi ABC to secure funding […]

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