Trade associations and lobbyists for alcohol manufacturers are brawling with their wholesale distributors over a bill that would strengthen states' ability to regulate alcohol and make it harder to challenge state alcohol laws in court. The wholesalers are pushing hard for the legislation, which would solidify their role as industry middlemen and effectively keep regulatory fights at the state level, where they have more influence. But drink manufacturers are scrambling to squelch it.
Alcohol Bill Means 'Happy Hour' for Lobbyists
The National Law Journal
July 21, 2010