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          Date of Hearing:  April 15, 2015


                        ASSEMBLY COMMITTEE ON APPROPRIATIONS


                                 Jimmy Gomez, Chair


          AB  
          893 (Mark Stone) - As Introduced February 26, 2015


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          Urgency:  No  State Mandated Local Program:  NoReimbursable:  No


          SUMMARY:


          This bill prohibits beer from being imported into or sold within  
          the state unless the label for that beer is first filed with the  
          Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control (ABC).  The bill  
          permits ABC to accept the filing of labels by any means it  
          determines are appropriate, including electronically, and  
          specifies that a violation of this requirement does not subject  
          the licensee to the civil or criminal provisions of the  
          Alcoholic Beverage Control Act.


          FISCAL EFFECT:









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          Minor and absorbable costs to ABC.


          COMMENTS:


          1)Purpose.  According to the author, ABC has experienced a  
            dramatic increase in the number of beer label applications as  
            a result of rapid growth in the craft beer industry.  AB 893  
            will help ABC streamline the label application process by  
            allowing brewers to submit labels electronically as they can  
            in several other states.  The author contends this will enable  
            California's craft brewers in particular to update their  
            labels and bring new and seasonal products to market in a  
            timely manner.


          2)Beer Labels.  Existing law requires every manufacturer or  
            bottler whose beer is sold in California to file a label  
            approval application with ABC and include an original label of  
            each brand and size with the form.  Currently, the forms must  
            be sent via mail or fax, and the labels themselves must be  
            originals.  This bill permits ABC to accept electronic filings  
            of the forms and labels as well as promulgate rules and  
            regulations establishing the label information it deems  
            necessary.





          Analysis Prepared by:Joel Tashjian / APPR. / (916)  
          319-2081













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