Assembly cheers bill on transporting donated booze
(AP) – Nevada Assembly members are giving the green light to brew pubs that donate their booze to charity.
The Assembly voted unanimously Thursday to pass AB200, a bill that allows the small breweries to transport alcohol if they get a permit from the Department of Taxation.
It clears up an ambiguity in Nevada’s liquor transport laws.
Stories at an earlier committee hearing sounded like Prohibition-era encounters between bootleggers and federal agents. A Sparks-based brewing company was questioned by state officials for transporting alcohol to a fundraiser, and the alcohol was almost confiscated an hour before the event.
Brewery owners said the bill would help them carry out the charitable activities that are a critical part of their business.
Sparks Democratic Assemblywoman Debbie Smith sponsored AB200, which heads to the Senate.