Kentucky Center for Investigative Reporting examines impact of House Bill 168
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (Feb. 3, 2015) — James McNair, an investigative reporter who specializes in business and finance issues, has written a story for the Kentucky Center for Investigative Reporting about lobbying that goes over Kentucky beer distribution
“Although the battle over how beer gets to consumers will be openly fought in the Kentucky General Assembly this month, the campaign to win the votes of lawmakers actually began in 2014,” McNair writes. “House Bill 168, introduced by Kentucky House Speaker Greg Stumbo, D-Prestonsburg, would forbid companies to brew and distribute beer. The bill is aimed at global suds juggernaut Anheuser-Busch InBev, which already owned a distributorship in Louisville when it bought another in Owensboro late last year. Small breweries and independent distributors — many of whom sell AB InBev’s Budweiser, Corona and Stella Artois brands — support the bill.”
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