So, this is what comes to my mind when I contemplate Senate Bill 1714 …

Marilyn Monroe was wise beyond her years in a number of ways. Though plagued with the pressures and temptations which obviously come with superstardom, she had clarity of mind to once state,

“The trouble with censors is that they worry if a girl has cleavage. They ought to worry if she hasn’t any.”

The wrong focus. Barking up the wrong tree. Outlawing haystacks for the benefit of needle manufacturers.

This is what comes to my mind when I contemplate Senate Bill 1714. On Tuesday, April 8, the Community Affairs Committee voted to send this Bull … I mean Bill … forward.

You know what this Bill, if passed by the Florida Senate, would do?

It would require craft breweries to sell their canned and bottled brews to their distributor and then BUY IT BACK from them in order to sell it on premises. Of course, there would be a mark-up when they BUY IT BACK.

BUY IT BACK? … don’t you just love government? … so much smarter than we are. Dumb asses.

What would motivate a State Senator to sponsor such a Bill? … concern for his/her fellow man?

Please … please … read this article from the Chicago Tribune about this issue:

http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/sns-rt-us-florida-beer-20140403,0,7999932.story

Now that you’ve read the article, let us visit one particular paragraph contained within it:

“In Florida, where craft brewers say their market share remains under 6 percent and most breweries produce under 3,000 barrels annually, the small beer makers are out-gunned in the legislature, where influential politicians have vowed loyalty to the national distributors.”

Market share under 6% – companion says probability gurus would say the number of State Senators who truly know what craft beer is and what it does for local economies would thus be very low. So throw out “concern for the fellow man”. Follow the money. “Vowed loyalty to the national distributors” means they believe the words spouting forth from the mouths of dead Presidents printed on currency.

But we can fight this. WE can let the Senators know we’ll remember them in coming elections. WE can educate them about craft beer breweries do for Jacksonville – for our State.

Marilyn Monroe was confident in some of her abilities. She also said,

” Give a girl the right shoes, and she can conquer the world.”

She knew with the right tools, she could accomplish what she wanted. WE have effective tools – our phones and our e-mail accounts. Let’s all USE them – call AND write your State Senator and tell them we do NOT want them to support SB 1714. Tell them our future – and THEIR future – is in the hands of the small businesses and all the folks who support those businesses via patronage and supplies.

Remind your Senator of one last quote from Marilyn:

“Respect is one of life’s greatest treasures. I mean, what does it all add up to if you don’t have that?”

Possibly, a Senate seat, that’s what. We’ll see.

To find the name and contact information for your State Senator, please visit:

http://www.flsenate.gov/Senators/Find

Senate Bill 1714 – Malt Beverages
http://www.flsenate.gov/Session/Bill/2014/1714/?Tab=BillHistory