House OKs Florida bottle law change

If Gov. Bush signs bill, availability of imports and micros will increase

May 5, 2001 - The Florida House has joined the Senate in passing legislation that would lift most limitations on the size bottles and cans that beer can be sold in. The measure will greatly increase the number of imports and microbrewed American beers available in the state.


It was one of the last measures to make it out of the House on Friday, the last day of the legislative session, and now awaits Gov. Jeb Bush's signature. If Bush goes along, cans and bottles in sizes other than the 8, 12, 16 and 32 ounce sizes will be legal beginning Nov. 1. Deregulation of beer bottle sizes still wouldn't allow any bottles over 32 ounces.

The law restricting sizes has been in effect since 1965, and wholesale distributors have successfully defeated bills to repeal the bottle size restriction in the past with arguments that such a change would boost beer prices. They argued more warehouse space and bigger trucks would be needed to handle the wider variety of cans and bottles.

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