Craft beer bill falls flat

Tallahassee, Florida -- A bill that would would have set new regulations for Florida's craft beer industry fell flat in the legislative session Friday.

The Senate passed the bill this week with a 30-10 vote, but it was never voted on by the House before lawmakers concluded their 2014 session.

The whole fight started with a bill that would have allowed craft beers to be sold in half-gallon containers. Senate Bill 1714 basically would have forced craft brewers, selling more than 2,000 kegs, to use a distributor -- then, buy back the beer at marked up prices driving up costs.

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Lawmakers were busy Friday, though, passing the controversial "Charlotte's Web" bill legalizing a low strain of marijuana for medical use, passing a measure extending in-state tuition to certain undocumented students at state universities and approving a record $77 billion budget.


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