Wow. Committee’s response to distributors: hi, uh, thanks for testifying. Telling given not a single supporter of reform went without being grilled. #mdcraftbwer

Distributors are testifying now. Predicting they will go out of business if reform passes. However, there are still distributors in neighboring states with laws like what reform would bring. #mdcraftbeer

First round of debate on HB518, the reform bill for MD craft beer, got so heated the chair forced the hearing to move on to the next round of testimony. #mdcraftbeer

I’ve never attended hearings at my state capital but I have to wonder: how many of them spend more time on ad hominem jabs rather than the merits of the bills being introduced?

The committee chair, who clearly doesn’t want to see meaningful reform pass, seems to have caught his second wind. #mdcraftbeer

Always a class act, @julieverratti steers the debate past how we got here, through hearing the opposition and acknowledging without agreeing, back to the future of #mdcraftbeer.

Here’s a tip: when someone says they are just trying to have a logical debate, they aren’t actually trying to have a logical debate.

And here we go. Opposing committee member wants to relitigate how we got here when what MD craft brewers want here in the capital today is to forge a better future. #mdcraftbeer

When VA passed a bill similar to HB518, says @peterfranchot, the number of breweries in the state doubled. There is no downside. #mdcraftbeer