(Tallahassee, Fla.) –Floridians for Fair Business Practices (FFBP) today released the following statement in response to the Florida House Regulatory Affairs Committee’s unfavorable vote on House Bill 107 sponsored by Rep. Greg Steube (R-Sarasota). The bill included language that would modernize Florida’s alcohol separation law.  

The following should be attributed to Christina Johnson, spokesperson for the coalition. 

“On behalf of Floridians for Fair Business Practices coalition, we are disappointed that the House committee did not side in favor of fair competition. Florida consumers are still hindered by artificial barriers, while the marketplace is being treated like the 1930’s. Florida deserves to join the majority of America in conducting retail as the 21st century demands. 

“In 30 states, where spirits are sold alongside beer and wine, there is no increase in minor access, no increase in binge drinking, and no reports of independent liquor stores going out of business. We have presented the facts that support a decrease in binge drinking, and statics proving that independent stores are thriving in states where there is no separation of spirits. We will continue to educate elected officials that this is a pro-business issue. 

“The coalition thanks Rep. Steube as well as Rep. John Wood (R-Winter Haven), who filed a standalone bill addressing this outdated law earlier this year, and Sen. Denise Grimsley (R-Sebring), who sponsored the companion bill in the Florida Senate, for their unwavering support of the business community.” 

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