MADISON, WI –Americans for Prosperity-Wisconsin today called on the Senate Committee on Agriculture, Small Business, and Tourism to approve SB311, a measure to allow Wisconsin wineries to serve customers until Midnight. This bipartisan bill changes current Prohibition-era state laws that prohibit wineries from serving after 9pm.
AFP-WI State Director Eric Bott made the following statement:
“Lots of Wisconsinites would love to hold their weddings, birthday parties, and family outings at wineries. But unnecessary and outdated Prohibition-era regulations are preventing them from having their special events at these fine Wisconsin small businesses. SB 311 fixes this problem by giving consumers greater choice, boosting state tourism, and jumpstarting economic activity. The current law serves no purpose other than to protect entrenched special interests from competition by small wineries. It is bad for the economy, bad for consumers, and hurts the little guy.”
Bott also thanked Senator Sheila Harsdorf and Representatives John Nygren, Gary Tauchen, and Joan Ballweg for authoring SB 311 and Committee Chairman Senator Terry Moulton for holding today’s hearing on the measure.
BACKGROUND: According to the Wisconsin Winery Association, the Badger State is home to more than 130 wineries all across the state. These small businesses, with nearly 2000 full-time employees, drive tourism into Wisconsin communities, with an estimated 1.5 million annual visits to tasting rooms and more than $49 million in annual sales.