Archives: John Trump

  • Governor signs major distillery bill in Durham

    Editor’s note: This story was updated Monday, July 29, at 8 p.m. Senate Bill 290, originally filed as the Distillery Regulatory Reform Bill, will soon become law. Gov. Roy Cooper signed the game-changing measure at Graybeard Distillery in Durham on Monday, July 29.

  • Bill to establish private liquor stores gets committee hearing but no vote

    Rep. Chuck McGrady, R-Henderson, won’t seek re-election when his term expires next year, but he’s far from finished. House Bill 971, which McGrady sponsored, has stalled in the legislature. Still, McGrady got a hearing for a proposed committee substitute in the House’s Alcoholic Beverage Control Committee on…

  • On alcohol reform, state lawmakers have finally started to listen

    State lawmakers, to their credit, have started to listen. The loudest proponents of alcohol reform in North Carolina — lawmakers such as Rep. Chuck McGrady, R-Henderson, and Sen. Rick Gunn, R-Alamance — now have their colleagues’ unwavering attention. Finally. Breweries and wineries…

  • Alcohol bills blended in House, appear likely to be law soon

    The N.C. House is poised to pass Senate Bill 290 — which passed the Senate, 39-4, June 25. A new version of S.B. 290 on Wednesday, July 10, passed the House Rules Committee. Sen. Rick Gunn, R-Alamance, announced in the meeting the bill had been combined…

  • Omnibus ABC bill passes House, heads to Senate

    House Bill 536, ABC Omnibus Regulatory Reform, cleared the N.C. House, 91-24, on Tuesday, July 9, and was sent to the Senate. The bill, which has undergone many revisions, includes aspects of House Bill 91, originally the product of a study by the…

  • Omnibus ABC bill headed to House floor

    House Bill 536, ABC Omnibus Regulatory Reform, has cleared the N.C. House committee on Rules, Calendar, and Operations and heads to the floor for a vote. The bill is now a proposed committee substitute, including the original bill and aspects of House Bill…