Lexington Herald-Leader, “Bill that would regulate beer distribution passes House committee”

“A bill, sponsored by House Speaker Greg Stumbo, D-Prestonsburg, to close a loophole in state law that has let Belgian beer giant Anheuser-Busch buy two beer distributorships in Kentucky, passed a House committee on Thursday morning but its prospects on the floor are uncertain.

The bill is designed to protect Kentucky businesses and jobs that might be lost to consolidation, Stumbo said.

“It doesn’t allow large brewers to come in here and buy up independent Kentucky businesses, consolidate those businesses, and cut jobs,” Stumbo said.

After about an hour of testimony on House Bill 168, the beer bill passed the House Economic Development Committee by a vote of 15 to four, with Rep. Dennis Keene, D-Wilder, abstaining.”