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Beer legislation proposal could mean more money for Mississippi

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JACKSON, MS (Mississippi News Now) -

It's "Mississippi Craft Beer Week" across the Magnolia State.

Events are taking place the entire week to recognize the small businesses that produce craft beers.

"Mississippi Craft Beer Week" is also a way to encourage lawmakers to make some changes when it comes to what type of beer you can sell and drink in Mississippi.

Maybe you've never noticed it when drinking a beer; but by law, all beer sold in the Magnolia State can have no more than five percent alcohol by weight.

Butch Bailey, President of "Raise Your Pints Mississippi", wants that to change.

"We believe in choices we believe that people should be able to purchase whatever type of beer they want," Bailey said.

Bailey's group proposes raising the alcohol content by weight in beer from 5 percent to 8 percent.

Bailey said the increase could raise state revenue, without raising taxes.

"These are products that are banned only in our state they're legal in all the 49 other states and these are expensive products, so the tax revenue from these would be higher," Bailey said.

If the cap is raised to 8 percent, Bailey says state bars and breweries can become more competitive.

"It would also let Mississippi businesses better compete with out of state businesses that aren't under these same restrictions," Bailey said.

Bailey hopes to raise awareness about "Raise Your Pints" proposal during this week's "Mississippi Craft Beer Week."

The week has been declared by Governor Haley Barbour.

"We've planned 23 craft beer events all over Mississippi from South Haven to Bay St. Louis," Bailey said.

"Raise Your Pints Mississippi" has advocated the passage of their proposed legislation for the previous two years.

Bailey hopes this third year of working with lawmakers turns their proposal into law.

"Raise Your Pints Mississippi" is also proposing legislation that would make home-brewing legal in Mississippi.

For more information on "Raise Your Pints Mississippi" or  "Mississippi Craft Beer Week," go to http://raiseyourpints.com/mcbw.

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