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New senate committee will look at brewpubs, alcohol tastings
Local senator will chair committee
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Forsyth County News

District 27 state Sen. Jack Murphy, R-Cumming, will chair a new committee during the summer.


As chairman of the Senate Brewpubs and Alcoholic Beverages Tasting Study Committee, Murphy will spend the next several months evaluating proposed changes tobrewpub laws and permit license requirements for alcohol tastings.


“The Senate Regulated Industries and Utilities Committee listened to many testimonies regarding filed legislation on brewpubs and alcoholic tastings during the legislative session,” Murphy said.  “As chairman, I saw the merit in the different arguments and wanted to further analyze the impact of these bills. In this committee, we will review the three-tier distribution system of alcoholic beverages to ensure revised laws do not impact competition and jeopardize public safety.”


The committee was created during this past legislative session through a resolution to study a growing trend in the state.


Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle tapped Murphy for the appointment, saying the senator has “been a leader on this issue and I’m thankful he’s lending his time and expertise to the important work this committee will perform.”


The committee likely will present proposed legislation to address the issues involved.


Cagle said he looks “forward to thoroughly evaluating their findings,” which must be submitted by December.


Other members appointed to this Senate study committee include: Sen. Frank Ginn, Sen. Steve Henson, Sen. Burt Jones, Sen. David Shafer – Ex-Officio, and Sen. Cecil Staton.