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Dead Legislative Bills - Alcopops 2009

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Arkansas House Bill 1661 and Senate Bill 539
SUMMARY: Defines “alcopops” as a malt beverage product containing flavorings and distilled alcohol as part of the final product. Alcopops with 0.5% to 5% alcohol by weight will be taxed at the “Light spirituous rate” of $0.50 per gallon (similar beer is taxed at $0.234 per gallon). Alcopops with more than 5% and less than 21% alcohol by weight will be taxed at the “Premixed spirituous liquor” rate of $1.00 per gallon.
SPONSOR(S): Representative Gene Shelby (D-Hot Springs), Senator Bill Pritchard (R-Elkins)

Kentucky House Bill 523
SUMMARY: Would have required that wholesalers place a sticker on all “alcoholic beverages with special appeal to minors” that clearly identifies the beverage as being alcoholic, and defined these alcoholic beverages to include those made with gelatin, caffeine, sweeteners, fruit flavors, and coloring.
SPONSOR(S): Representative Danny Ford (R-Mount Vernon)

Kentucky House Bill 524

SUMMARY: Would have banned the placement of “alcoholic beverages with special appeal to minors” for sale in a refrigerated cooler or tub that also contains nonalcoholic beverages or within five feet of any nonalcoholic beverages, and defined these alcoholic beverages are defined to include those made with gelatin, caffeine, sweeteners, fruit flavors, and coloring.
SPONSOR(S): Representative Danny Ford (R-Mount Vernon)

Maryland 2009 Senate Bill 786, House Bill 1180
SUMMARY: Would have created new classification for alcopops called “Enhanced Beer” and limit the sale of these products to places that also sell liquor, and continued to tax these products at the same rate as beer.
SPONSOR(S): SB 786: Senators Richard S. Madaleno Jr. (D-Montgomery); Jennie M. Forehand (D-Montgomery); Brian E. Frosh (D-Montgomery)*
HB 1180: Delegates William A. Bronrott (D-Montgomery); Saqib Ali (D-Montgomery); Elizabeth Bobo (D-Howard)*


New Mexico 2009 House Bill 78, Senate Bill 665
SUMMARY: Would have reclassified flavored malt beverages as a spirituous liquor and allocated the revenue from taxes paid on flavored malt beverages to underage drinking prevention programs.
SPONSOR(S): HB 78: Representative Luciano "Lucky" Varela (D-Santa Fe)
SB 665: Senator Kent L. Cravens (R-Albuquerque)

New Mexico 2009 House Bill 36
SUMMARY: Would have prohibited the manufacture, distribution and sale of flavored malt energy beverages containing stimulants, and defined a “flavored malt energy beverage” as a flavored malt beverage under the Federal guidelines.
SPONSOR(S): Representative Ray Begaye (D-Shiprock)


New York 2009-2010 Senate Bill 60
SUMMARY: Would have created a new category of “Flavored Malt Beverages” defined as a specific product type that is manufactured with malt but also includes liquor. Would have defined “Beer” as NOT including Flavored Malt Beverages. The tax rate for Flavored Malt Beverages would have been set at the “low liquor” tax rate of $2.54 per gallon rather than the previous beer tax rate of 11 cents per gallon.
SPONSOR(S): None listed