Assembly members Joe Howarth (R-8) and Wayne DeAngelo (D-14) introduced a bill into the New Jersey Assembly in response to the recently suspended Special Ruling. A4594 would eliminate the requirement for breweries to provide a tour to patrons and would allow breweries to hold or attend an unlimited number of events, among other things. This bipartisan piece of legislation is the first introduced in the two weeks since the Director of the NJABC suspended the controversial directive known as the Special Ruling.
“In true New Jersey fashion, the state attempted to squash one of its fastest growing industries by hitting it with over-burdening regulations. We can’t let the state ruin a good thing before we ever get to see the fully realized potential of it,” said Howarth.
According to InsiderNJ, Howarth was prompted to act on the issue at a state level after hearing from local representatives in his district about the importance of providing the industry with clear guidelines. Burlington County Freeholder Director Kate Gibbs was among the most vocal proponents. Following the restrictive ruling by the Division of Alcohol Beverage Control, she directed the Freeholder Board to pass a resolution urging the Division to immediately withdraw the regulations.
“Operating a business requires a lot of planning and foresight. We need to make it as clear and easy as possible for business owners in New Jersey to understand what they need to do in order to be successful,” DeAngelo said. “Like with all businesses, local breweries need clear and steady guidelines that allow them to grow, innovate, and support their communities,” he continued. “This bill would provide breweries with a roadmap to do just that.”