So, before the "PLCB is the bestest we won!!!!" crowd starts to wonder where I am... I'm really busy. I know, my anonymous "friends" have been telling me I'm obsessed about this, but the truth is, I spent the weekend with my family, celebrated a birthday, and went to the Jazz Festival in Rochester, NY (Trombone Shorty, GREAT show). And I'm in deadline mode on a whiskey book AND wrapping up an issue of Whisky Advocate. Got a lot on my plate.
To be brief, then: we ran out of time, for which I say, WELL DONE, SENATOR CHUCK MCILHINNEY, your plan worked! Your hearings really wasted time, and made it impossible to get a liquor privatization bill passed before the June 30 deadline. So you're down as having tried, but you're not on the hook with your beer and union donors for having actually passed a bill. Be careful that fence doesn't split you right in half, now. And Senator Tomlinson? One word for you, fella: primary.
And it's not over. Things don't usually get done in the Fall session, but there IS a Fall session, and that Transportation bill needs to be passed. Let's push on this. Liquor privatization has never come this far before; don't let it fall on the floor.