BWDA Leads the Way in Advocacy at the Arizona Legislature


HB 2334 (liquor omnibus) signed into law by Governor Doug Ducey on April 11, 2018

BWDA's legislative advocacy leads to yet another consensus bill to enhance the functionality of the 3-tier system

HB 2334, sponsored by Rep. Jeff Weninger, came out of a five-month industry stakeholders’ process led by Steve Barclay, BWDA’s Executive Director, and involving the AZ Department of Liquor Licenses and Control (DLLC). The changes proposed in the bill were consensus items with support from the industry and approval of the DLLC. During the process, we met in good faith with the League of Cities and Towns to address their questions and concerns, and made changes to secure their acceptance of the bill.

The changes contained in HB 2334 were intended to improve our current three-tier system of laws, allow the industry to continue operating in a well-regulated manner that protects consumers and communities without slowing business growth and competition.

Key components of HB 2334 include:

  • Cleaning up inconsistent definitions and references to the “acts of violence” violation
  • Providing a good-faith defense for certain liquor violations for calling a police officer to intervene in a situation expeditiously and responsibly
  • Allowing the DLLC to revoke the authority of trainers who don’t follow standards, retain fees for sampling and growler permits, and require a form for protests
  • Allowing a designee of a county, city or town to approve/deny a special event license or a festival license for a farm winery or craft distiller, within 60 days
  • Further clarifying rules for special event licensees, and terminology for club licenses
  • Placing a yearly limit of 20 cases (12 bottles) of spirituous liquor sold at special event auctions, and raising daily limits to 20 cases (12 bottles) of wine and 10 of spirits for wine/spirits “pulls”
  • Improving the farm wineries and craft distiller laws related to festival licenses, sampling, packaging and labeling, remote tasting rooms and delivery of products
  • Allowing microbreweries to maintain tapping equipment systems and provide cleaning services and parts to retailer accounts to whom they sell their beer
  • Allowing the DLLC to issue a new same-series license for each reverted license, but specifying that they must be reissued over a multi-year period
  • Changing the manner in which appraisals are performed on licenses to arrive at more realistic and fair market value
  • Exempting festival licenses for a farm winery or craft distiller from the 300-feet rule
  • Prohibiting a person aged 18-20 from providing alcohol to under-21 year-olds
Here's a link to HB 2334, as enacted, and a fact sheet prepared by legislative staff


BWDA led successful advocacy efforts on stakeholder-driven concensus bills enacted in 2016 and 2017 too, and will be leading the effort for consensus-based legislation as needed in 2019. 

on behalf of BWDA, Steve Barclay also led the lobbying effort to enact into law in 2015 the “Arizona Beer Bill” (SB 1030), to modernize Arizona’s laws for microbreweries and foster further growth of that exciting business sector around our state. For his efforts, Steve was nominated by the Arizona Capitol Times as Best Lobbyist – Male in 2015, and BWDA along with the Arizona Craft Brewers Guild won an award for the Best Grassroots Campaign. 

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