Brewers, distillers, business groups oppose law change
MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- Wisconsin brewers, liquor manufacturers, restaurants and the state chamber of commerce are all opposing possible changes to the state's alcohol distribution law.
The groups have been lobbying Republicans who control the Legislature and Gov. Scott Walker in recent weeks, urging them to reject changes to the law they say are being pushed by an unnamed wholesaler.
Opponents say the changes being sought would require that a contract between a wholesaler and an alcohol supplier remain in place, even if the distributorship is transferred to another owner.
The Distilled Spirits Council of the United States says that would result in the wholesaler having a lock on a brand, giving them no incentive to keep prices competitive.
The groups are trying to stop any such provision from being added to the budget.