Wisconsin Alcohol Study Committee Avoids the Hard Questions

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Facing pressure to reform the state’s three-tier system of alcohol distribution, Wisconsin lawmakers appointed a study committee to review the state’s alcohol regulations. As the committee completes its work, it looks like it largely avoided delving into the most contested and controversial issues, according to The Cap Times:

Disputes over how Wisconsin's alcohol beverage industry is regulated and enforced are set to continue as a legislative study committee winds down this month, and questions remain about how Democrat Gov.-elect Tony Evers' administration will approach the issue.

The legislative study committee was assembled earlier this year to examine how the state's alcohol beverage laws are enforced, or not. But the committee never dealt with the primary gripe of the state's growing craft beverage industry: that the state's alcohol laws, known as the three-tier system, should be altered and modernized to accommodate a changing business landscape.

The committee instead focused on the interpretation of current alcohol laws by the state Department of Justice, and the degree to which they are enforced by the state Department of Revenue - both of which are ostensibly more unclear with the election of Democrat Evers than they were when the committee convened…

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