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DIGEST OF INTRODUCED BILL
Alcoholic beverage wholesalers. Allows a person to wholesale beer, wine, and liquor. (Current law allows a person to wholesale only wine and beer or wine and liquor.) Allows a beer wholesaler to have a minority interest in another entity that holds a beer wholesaler permit, if the entity: (1) is a women-owned business enterprise or a minority owned business; and (2) the permit premises or warehouse is located in a county that borders the Ohio River. Allows a wine wholesaler that also holds a liquor wholesaler's permit to sell more than 1,000,000 gallons of flavored malt beverage during a calendar year. Requires a primary source of supply of a liquor or wine brand to provide notice to the existing wholesaler of the brand if the primary source of supply intends to: (1) terminate or not renew the distribution rights of the existing wholesaler for the brand and appoint a successor wholesaler to distribute the brand; (2) reduce the existing wholesaler's territory for the brand and appoint a successor wholesaler for the brand; (3) appoint a wholesaler to distribute the brand in all or part of the existing wholesaler's territory; or (4) acquire the right to manufacture or distribute a brand and decides not to have the existing wholesaler continue to distribute the brand. Requires the successor wholesaler for the brand to negotiate with the existing wholesaler for the brand to determine the fair market value of the existing wholesaler's distribution rights for the brand. Provides that if a settlement agreement is not reached with a certain period of time, the matter may be submitted to binding arbitration. Provides that the existing wholesaler continues to distribute the brand until the existing wholesaler is compensated for the loss in distribution rights. Repeals a provision that prohibits the alcohol and tobacco commission from issuing a beer wholesaler's permit to a person who holds a wine wholesaler's permit and a liquor wholesaler's permit.