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Justice for California HomebrewersUrgent Need! AB2609 is in the Senate and we need your support!
AB2609 is scheduled to be read in the full Senate on August 4th.  We need you to send letters again, this time to all Senators and to Governor Brown.  Your letters were very successful in helping get AB2609 through the Assembly unanimously but we expect to meet some resistance in the Senate.  Click here for sample letters.  Click here for a list Senators and their districts.

 


Donkey-democrat-logo-1-Los Angeles Democratic Party Supports AB 2609
The Los Angeles Democratic Party passed a resolution this week supporting California Home Brewer’s rights and AB2096.  Check out the entire resolution here.

 

 


Justice for California HomebrewersUrgent Need! AB2609 is in the Senate and we need your support!
AB2609 is scheduled to be read in the Senate G.O. Committee on June 10.  We need you to send letters again, this time to the Senate G.O. committee.  Your letters were very successful in helping get AB2609 through the Assembly unanimously but we expect to meet some resistance in the Senate.  Click here for a list of Senate G.O. committee members.  Click here for more information.

 


Member-icon2014/15 CHA MEMBERSHIPS!
CHA Memberships for 2014/15 are now on sale.  $10 get’s you over a year and a half of invitations to CHA sponsored events, the CHA newsletter, and discounts at selected home brew shops and breweries.  Click here to see all of the CHA Member Discount participants and check back often as we are constantly adding new ones.

 


Justice for California HomebrewersUrgent – California Homebrewers Association needs your help!!!

On October 1, 2013, Governor Brown signed into law a Committee Bill that is being interpreted by the California Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control to prohibit homebrew festivals like ours.The bill was originally written to allow the donation of home brewed beer and wine to be used for fundraising purposes by worthy non-profit organizations, but excludes groups that “promote home production of beer or wine, or whose membership is composed primarily of home brewers or home winemakers”.

 

California Assembly Bill 1425

 

The bill was introduced by the California Assembly Committee on Governmental Organizations, whose intent was to make the sharing of home brewed wine and beer easier, not harder.  However, at some point in the process, wording was added that excludes the CHA from conducting our festival for So Cal homebrewers.

Two major issues face us—

1) An amendment to the bill is needed to allow our festival, which is an annual event, and to allow AHA to have their annual convention again in California.  We have already started our outreach and will work to have the bill amended.

2) Our 2014 annual event is in jeopardy.  We are researching language that was placed in the bill, since we believe that it was not meant to stop well-run events for homebrewers, but was meant to stop event promoters from hiding under non-profit groups in order to make money.  We will keep our members informed through local clubs representatives.

What can you do?

1)  Read the bill for yourself.  It is available on this website.

2) Write your local California Assemblymember and State Senator asking for the bill to be amended and for our 2014 event to be allowed to move forward as planned.  Sample letters will be available through your local homebrew clubs.  Sample letters are available through your local homebrew club.  You can find contact information for the clubs in your area on this website.

3) Donate to the CHA legal fund.  Seeing a new bill through the legislative process is a costly endeavor and we need all the help we can get.  Please click on the Donate icon below to contribute financially to our cause.

4) DO NOT PROCRASTINATE!  We need you to act now!

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