The Sunshine State has rightfully earned a national reputation for weird news and the moniker "Strange Florida."
The Legislature has jumped aboard the wacky train once again with a bill regulating craft breweries, a growing niche industry that Bradenton recently joined.
Beer distributors -- a powerful force in Tallahassee -- don't like the idea of being cut out of the deal.
Federal law requires three separate components in the beer industry -- producers, distributors and vendors. So a craft brewer selling straight to consumers skips the middle man.
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So this new mind-numbing bill would force craft brewers to sell their products to distributors and buy it back at a higher price before stocking shelves with cans and bottles.
Make sense? Heck no.
It gets worse. The distributor needn't even remove the goods from the brewery. Sounds like a modern-day shakedown.
Other states have found ways to skirt the nonsensical federal law, but Florida appears poised to take this to a whole new level of absurdity.
You get what you pay for, and distributors apparently own Tallahassee.
Contact Manatee County's legislators to voice your displeasure (information below).
Another piece of legislation -- to allow these small businesses to fill 64-ounce growlers for take-home enjoyment -- remains on track.
Sen. Bill Galvano, District 26, Republican; 850-487-5026; firstname.lastname@example.org
Sen. Arthenia Joyner, District 19, Democrat, 813-233-4277, email@example.com
Rep. Greg Steube, District 73, Republican, 850-488-6341, firstname.lastname@example.org
Rep. Jim Boyd, District 71, Republican, 850-488-4086, email@example.com
Rep. Darryl Rouson, District 70, Democrat, Tallahassee, 850-488-0925; St. Petersburg office, (727) 906-3200; firstname.lastname@example.org