Nash bills plus almost two dozen others to be heard in
ST. PAUL – On Wednesday, the House Commerce Committee will hear over two dozen liquor related bills. State Representative Jim Nash, R-Waconia, will have multiple bills he has authored heard and provisions from other legislation he has proposed in multiple bills that will be heard.
"I am glad to see the Commerce Committee finally listening to thousands of Minnesotans demanding change to our archaic liquor laws," said Rep. Nash. "This informational hearing is quite literally the bare minimum that was promised during last session to Minnesotans yearning for this change. We have watched some of our best-known breweries expand across the border into Wisconsin rather than expanding in our state with many others considering doing the same."
Over the past year plus, Rep. Nash has toured some of Minnesota's most well-known breweries to listen to their concerns first hand. Early in the 2021 regular legislative session, Rep. Nash held a press conference on his effort to "Free the Growler," by removing the growler cap arbitrarily placed on Minnesota breweries. This legislation and other modernization laws were also pushed as part of a larger bipartisan bill to update Minnesota's archaic liquor laws — neither received a hearing during session.
Nash continued, "We have to update our archaic liquor laws or we will continue to see breweries, distilleries, wineries and the jobs they create move across the border to other states. It's time to make common sense changes and modernize our liquor laws."
The House Commerce Finance & Policy Committee will hear over two dozen bills on an informational basis on Wednesday, October 27 at 1:00 PM related to Minnesota's liquor laws. This will be a virtual hearing and can be viewed on HTV2 or on YouTube.