By M.D. Kittle
MADISON, Wis. – The ‘alcohol czar’ bill is dead, at least for now and in its current form, multiple Capitol sources tell MacIver News Service.
“We see no road that it can come back to life,” Mike Mikalsen, spokesman for Sen. Steve Naas (R-Whitewater), said Tuesday.
The controversial bill was blasted on nearly every side of Wisconsin’s alcohol industry – from crafter brewers and distillers to wineries and the state’s largest beer maker.
On Friday, the Senate Committee Economic Development, Commerce and Local Government abruptly canceled its executive meeting at which it planned to vote on the bill. Some committee members had come out against the bill following highly critical testimony during a public hearing the day before.
The measure would transfer agents and the alcohol enforcement mission from the state Department of Revenue to a new Office of Alcohol Beverages Enforcement.
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