This week the Alabama Senate passed the health care opt out bill and this year’s electronic bingo legislation. Does that eliminate all the controversy and hard feelings in that chamber? Of course not.

However, it does put us in a much better position to pass the Brewery Modernization Act in the Senate. The Senate next meets on Tuesday and we hope to be on the Special Order Calendar then. Of course there are not guarantees, but most of the potential road blocks appear to be out of the way. We’re also expecting a vote in the Alabama House of Representatives on Thursday. Again, there are no guarantees, but we’re on the draft calendar. The Alabama Constitution mandates that the legislature is to meet for only 30 days a year. Tuesday is the 25th legislative day. Thursday is the 26th.

If you’ve followed Free the Hops over the years, you realize this is nothing new. The Alabama legislature can be a roller coaster ride, but we’re doing everything we can to pass our agenda and help local breweries and brewpubs in Alabama.