Posted by: Mar 04, 2019

The 2019 Session of the Florida Legislature will include consideration of a number of bills affecting breweries, wineries, distilleries, distributors, and consumers.

The 2019 regular session of the Florida Legislature kicks off Tuesday, March 5, 2019. This 2-month session will see the consideration of a number of bills that could affect the Florida beverage industry as soon as July.

For a refresher on how a bill goes from being introduced to becoming law in Florida, check out the Florida Senate’s Idea-to-Law Flowchart and the Florida League of City’s short video: Florida’s Legislative Process 101.

The following chart provides a summary of this session’s beverage-focused bills. We’ll check back in on the status of these bills at end of the session.

Bill #

SponsorSimilar BillsSummary

Status 

SB 220BrandesHB 907
  • Eliminates container size restrictions for wine and cider
  • Eliminates “full course” requirement for taking home unconsumed wine
  • Expands definition of “craft distillery” to 250,000 gallons per year
  • Allows craft distilleries to sell up to 75,000 gallons in gift shop without per customer restriction
2/22/2019 Senate – Now in Innovation, Industry, and Technology
SB 672RaderHB 853
  • Florida Beverage Container Deposit Act
  • Requires dealers and consumers to pay a deposit fee for specific beverage containers, including alcoholic beverage cans, glasses, and kegs
  • Authorizes deposit refunds to be paid by the vendor or redemption centers that are registered with the Florida Department of Revenue
2/15/2019 Senate – Referred to Environment and Natural Resources; Appropriations Subcommittee on Agriculture, Environment, and General Government; Appropriations
SB 894StargelHB 6037
  • Repeals Florida Statutes Section 564.05, relating to the limitations of the size of individual wine containers
2/19/2019 Senate – Referred to Innovation, Industry, and Technology; Commerce and Tourism; Rules
SB 1304 MayfieldHB 903
  • Authorizes a brewery to transfer to its licensed facility certain malt beverages that are brewed by another manufacturer
  • Authorizes a brewery to terminate a contract with a distributor under certain circumstances.
  • Revises requirements relating to distributors’ warehouse inventory and sales
  • Provides an exception to the come-to-rest requirement for certain deliveries made by specified manufacturers
  • Deletes a prohibition on manufacturers with a vendor’s license making certain deliveries, etc.
2/22/2019 Senate – Filed
HB 853StarkSB 672
  • Florida Beverage Container Deposit Act
  • Requires dealers and consumers to pay a deposit fee for specific beverage containers, including alcoholic beverage cans, glasses, and kegs
  • Authorizes deposit refunds to be paid by the vendor or redemption centers that are registered with the Florida Department of Revenue
2/28/2019 House – Referred to Agriculture and Natural Resources Subcommittee; Agriculture and Natural Resources Appropriations Subcommittee; State Affairs Committee
HB 903ToledoSB 1304
  • Authorizes a brewery to transfer to its licensed facility certain malt beverages that are brewed by another manufacturer
  • Authorizes a brewery to terminate a contract with a distributor under certain circumstances.
  • Revises requirements relating to distributors’ warehouse inventory and sales
  • Provides an exception to the come-to-rest requirement for certain deliveries made by specified manufacturers
  • Deletes a prohibition on manufacturers with a vendor’s license making certain deliveries, etc.
2/28/2019 House – Referred to Business and Professions Subcommittee; Government Operations and Technology Appropriations Subcommittee; Commerce Committee
HB 1219Sabatini
  • Authorizes licensed vendor of alcoholic beverages to allow dogs in certain designated areas on their licensed premises
  • Authorizes malt beverages to be packaged in 2 liter containers
  • Repeals provisions relating to limitations on size of individual wine containers
  • Eliminates container size restrictions for wine and cider
  • Eliminates “full course” requirement for taking home unconsumed wine
  • Expands definition of “craft distillery” to 250,000 gallons per year
  • Allows craft distilleries to sell up to 75,000 gallons in gift shop without per customer restriction
3/1/2019 House – Filed
HB 1229Raschein
  • Authorizes a craft distillery to hold multiple vendor’s licenses for the sale of alcoholic beverages
  • Permits craft distilleries to conduct tastings and sell distilled spirits at fairs, trade shows, and festivals
  • Authorizes certain craft distilleries to transfer distilled spirits to its vendor’s licensed premises, to be licensed as distributor, to conduct spirituous beverage tastings at specified licensed premises
3/1/2019 House – Filed
HB 6037StarkSB 894
  • Repeals Florida Statutes Section 564.05, relating to the limitations of the size of individual wine containers
2/13/2019 House – Referred to Business and Professions Subcommittee; Commerce Committee