I have received this update from John Tyler, the Legislative Aid to Representative Ramos:
Currently, activity in the House is focused on assessing and addressing the Governor’s proposed state budget. That said, we are still reaching out to interested parties with the beer bill language as well as seeking an opportunity to address this issue within the state budget bill.
Things are still moving forward, albeit slowly. Once the state budget work has been completed within the House (early guesses point towards mid to late April), there may be greater opportunity to bring this issue forward. A lot of this comes down to internal timing, and trying to make sure that when we bring this forward there is an opportunity for it to receive attention and not be lost in the legislative workload that comes with the biennial budget bill.
This is not surprising as John Tyler had previously stated that the state’s budget was going to be the focus of the early part of the year. I will keep checking to see if they make any progress. It appears this is going to be a marathon, not a sprint, as I’m sure is the case with any legislative bill.
In the meantime, the petition to raise the ABV has been growing over the last month. If you haven’t signed it, please take a few moments and check it out.
I would also like to say thanks to Rick at The Ohio Beer Blog for his help in raising awareness with this article: