Young stands up for local breweries
Sen. Ron Young, a Democrat who represents Frederick County, home of Flying Dog and several other breweries, expressed frustration that the legislation appeared to favor Diageo over home-grown breweries.
When an international company like Diageo comes in with a request to help its brewery, "we trip over ourselves," Young said, but "we don't give a damn about the ones that are already here."
Young was the only member of the Senate Education, Health and Environmental Affairs Committee to vote against the bill, which was approved on a voice vote Friday morning. He attempted to offer changes to the bill on the Senate floor, but his colleagues voted against allowing him to introduce the amendment.
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