Time Running Out on Homebrew Bill

Time Running Out on Homebrew Bill

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MONTGOMERY, Alabama -

There are only two weeks left in the legislative session and one of the bills that still hasn't made it out of the legislature is the Homebrew Bill.

Currently Alabama is the only state in the country to have a law banning the people from making their own beer.

The bill has already passed in the House but has yet to be taken up in the senate.

Todd Hicks of Right to Brew, a grassroots organization of homebrew supporters, says he would like to legally be able to make his own bill.

"Alabama has been dragging its heels on passing this bill, and I think the main reason is that some people believe that it is a morality issue, to me it's a liberty issue," said Hicks.

Rep. Mac McCutcheon of Huntsville sponsored the bill in the House.

"I think it's a bill that deals with individuals rights to do something within their own home that they choose. If it was about drinking alcohol, then the money and the time they spend on this would be almost pointless," said McCutcheon.

Some opponents of the bill say it's a backwards step from a morality standpoint.

"I am glad we are behind the times on this because the more you liberalize the use and sale and provision of alcohol the more people are going to drink and the more they drink the more social problems are going to come with that," said Joe Godfrey, Executive Director of the Alabama Citizen's Action Program.

Similar homebrew bills were defeated the last two years in the legislature.

"If it doesn't pass again this year, then we will try again next year. We won't be deterred we have been fighting this long for it and we will try again next year. Hopefully they will get tired of us," said Hicks.

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