Legislative Issues

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WWI Bills Delivered to the Governor

WWI authored legislation head to the Governor’s Desk:

SB 6392: Creating a local wine industry association license

WWI authored legislation head to the Governor’s Desk:

We want to say a huge THANK YOU to Senator Kevin Van De Wege, our prime sponsor of SB 6392. His leadership and drive to get the bill done was invaluable.  SB 6392 creates a new retail alcohol license for local wine associations so our regional wine marketing non profits can put on events and execute local wine marketing programs (ex: wine passports) in a legal and efficient way.

Other bills headed to the Governor’s desk:

SB 6095: Allowing common carrier activities not prohibited under the three-tier system

This bill supports the Alaska Airlines Wine-Flies-Free Program among other promotional opportunities with airlines, cruise ships, and trains that cross state line. Interstate common carriers can now legally partner with local wineries, breweries, distilleries, and distributors to do cross-tier advertising and partnerships (ex: Alaska Airlines plane ticket stub used to get tastings of wine at local wineries around the customer’s destination).

SB 5006: Allowing, in a limited amount, Washington wine to be sold at a craft brewery and Washington beer to be sold at a winery and satellite tasting rooms

This new law creates an on-premises endorsement for a licensed domestic winery to sell beer, produced in Washington, by the single serving for on-premises consumption and licensed domestic brewery or microbrewery to sell wine, produced in Washington, by the single serving for on-premises

The holder of the endorsement is limited to three offerings of beer for a domestic winery and three offerings of wine for a domestic brewery or microbrewery.

CARES Act and Federal Tax Changes

CARES Act: Covid-19 Stimulus Summary

On March 27th, the President signed into law the “Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act” (the CARES Act), the largest economic relief act in our country’s history.   The bill authorizes $367 billion in Small Business Administrations Loans

WineAmerica has provided a basic summary of the CARES Act and benefits for the wine industry here

The US Travel Association has provided a list of relief resources through new or existing federal programs as a result of this legislation. You can find those specific programs here 

Federal Tax Changes

For updates of federal tax changes, please view the PDF file below

Moss Adams Covid-19 – WA WINE

Craft Beverage Modernization Act

Congress Extends the Craft Beverage Modernization and Tax Reform Act Through 2020

Washington, DC, December 18, 2019–WineAmerica is pleased to announce that the Craft Beverage Modernization and Tax Reform Act (CMBTRA) has been extended through December 31, 2020.

The bill was passed as part of a package of tax extenders that was included as an amendment to the Further Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2020. WineAmerica applauds the House and Senate for coming together to extend these credits through the end of 2020, avoiding costly increases for the entire American wine industry.

Earlier this week, the House of Representatives passed the bill that carried the extension by a bipartisan vote of 297 to 120. The bill was then sent to the Senate for approval. The Senate passed the bill by a vote of 71 to 23, sending it to the President’s desk for his signature, which is expected.

“This is a major victory for the American wine industry, and a huge relief for wineries of all sizes across the country,” said Marty Clubb, owner/winemaker of L’Ecole No. 41 in Walla Walla, Washington who is the current Chair of the WineAmerica Board of Directors. “While there is more work to be done, this extension is a major step forward.”

WineAmerica has been working throughout the year with our colleagues in the beer, cider, mead and spirits sectors on the Craft Beverage Modernization and Tax Reform Act. Our ultimate goal has been to secure permanence on this essential tax savings that have allowed for substantial savings and spurred reinvestment from wineries of all sizes. The larger CBMTRA currently has 74 Senate sponsors and 332 in the House. We will continue to work with our coalition partners to secure either permanence or a long term extension.

“WineAmerica just demonstrated its incredible value to the American wine industry,” said Jim Trezise, the organization’s President. “The powerful combination of daily work by our staff and lobbyists, national grassroots advocacy, and collaboration with other beverage associations was the perfect recipe for success.”

The new extension of the Craft Beverage Modernization and Tax Reform Act also includes a very important fix particular to the wine industry. Bonded wine cellars and fulfillment houses will once again be eligible to take the credits on the wine in their facilities, and bond-to bond transfers between wineries will also be eligible for the credits. The correction is a retroactive fix, and will be retroactive to January 1, 2018.