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Wyoming House bill would allow micro-brewers to operate at multiple locations

Skull Tree Brewing in Casper. (Dan Cepeda, Oil City, File)

CASPER, Wyo. — Under current Wyoming law, someone holding a microbrewery license is required to produce all of their malt beverages at a single location.

The Wyoming House of Representatives will consider a bill that would allow microbreweries to operate at multiple locations.

“A microbrewery operating at more than one (1) location in an incorporated town shall be considered one (1) microbrewery,” according to the proposed legislation. “The local licensing authority may require the payment of an additional permit fee not to exceed one hundred dollars ($100.00) regardless of the number of locations authorized for the microbrewery.”

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Under state law, microbreweries are required to produce at least 50 barrels of malt beverage in a year, but not more than 50,000. Current rules require this production be completed at a single location.

The proposal would allow microbreweries to meet these requirements by brewing at multiple locations.

The House is tentatively scheduled to consider the bill for introduction on Wednesday as part of a consent list vote.

During a budget session, at least two-thirds of the House must vote to have a proposed bill introduced. Those bills which meet this threshold are then assigned to a committee.

Committees which have been assigned bills after approval on an introductory vote in the House will vote to “pass,” “do not pass” or “pass with amendments.”

Bills which make it out of committee then return to the full House for consideration. The House then must approve a bill on three readings before it is sent to the Senate.

If the Senate passes the bill with no amendments, the bill is sent to the governor’s desk for consideration. If they tack on amendments, then the bill is assigned to the Joint Conference Committee to reconcile differences.

If that committee can reach a consensus, the bill is sent to the governor who can sign or veto the bill. The House and Senate are able to override a veto with a two-thirds majority vote.