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Petitioning Governor Jerry Brown and 1 other

Sign SB 32, Senator Mark Leno's Infused Spirits Bill Into Law

Senator Mark Leno's SB 32 shows an immense amount of social awareness. The bill would overturn a decades old law put into effect around the time of prohibition. The original law was intended to control the production of spirits being distilled outside of the parameters of the government (i.e. those not paying taxes on illegally distilled spirits, or rather, moonshine).

As we move farther away from this time, the spirit of that law couldn't be more irrelevant, while the letter of that law has proven incredibly problematic for a very large group of people - those hardworking and creative people in the bar and restaurant business.

Unfortunately, in efforts to show pro-activity and help themselves secure future funding, the California ABC has pointed to the letter of this law and its minutia as justification for the harassment of certain bars and bartenders. Many of these targeted bars and bartenders are those who pay close attention to the craft of the cocktail and the elevated guest experience, only using the finest, freshest ingredients and most progressive techniques. These craft bartenders have now been put into a position where, in certain situations, they must serve an inferior product to the guest or abandon that which gives them, or their establishment their identity and individuality. They have been forced to deviate from that which is creative and artistic, ultimately leaving the guest with a potentially bland experience.

As part of a profession that is ever-increasingly building community through the act of eating and drinking well, with attention to quality products and creative artistry, we urge you to sign this petition allowing our craft to continue to grow and serve you better.

Tell Gov. Brown to sign Senate Bill 32 and stop the enforcement of a post-prohibition era law! 

Letter to
Governor Jerry Brown
California Governor
I just signed the following petition addressed to: Governor Jerry Brown.

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Sign SB 32, Senator Mark Leno's Infused Spirits Bill Into Law

Senator Mark Leno's bill shows an immense amount of social awareness. The bill would overturn a decades old law put into effect around the time of prohibition that banned infused alcohol. As we move farther away from this time, the spirit of that law couldn't be more irrelevant, while the letter of that law has proven incredibly problematic for a very large group of people - those hardworking and creative people in the bar and restaurant business.

Unfortunately, in efforts to show pro-activity and help themselves secure future funding, the California ABC has pointed to the letter of this law and its minutia as justification for the harassment of certain bars and bartenders. Many of these targeted bars and bartenders are those who pay close attention to the craft of the cocktail and the elevated guest experience, only using the finest, freshest ingredients and most progressive techniques.

Following in the footsteps of the culinary arts, craft cocktails have become incredibly popular. In a world where people have such strong preferences about what and how they eat, it is a logical sidestep that these same people express strong preferences about what and how they drink. To restrict a bartenders ability to infuse cacao nib into a bottle of bourbon for a specialty cocktail, or craft a unique proprietary bitters or tincture to add value to their business and uniqueness to their guest's evening is to restrict a bartenders ability to do their job as creatively and efficaciously as possible.

I urge you to sign SB 32 into law and to do away with a prohibition era law and support California's small businesses.
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Sincerely,