March 26, 2020
Kentucky took another bold step forward today in its continued leadership to modernize the spirits industry and end Prohibition-era policies with the final passage of House Bill 415, the producer-only direct-to-consumer shipping bill.
This legislation is built on the landmark reforms from House Bill 400 two years ago that allowed visitors to our world-famous Kentucky Bourbon Trail® and Kentucky Bourbon Trail Craft Tour® distilleries to ship bottles home.
Now, under HB 415, our distilleries will be able to ship spirits directly to consumers in reciprocal states through online and telephone orders, a privilege that the wine industry has enjoyed for decades.
Kentucky’s HB 415 is now the model for direct-to-consumer spirits shipping in the country and provides a sound regulatory framework that ensures responsibility, the proper collection of taxes and provides enforcement tools necessary for compliance with all laws.
The KDA and its members applaud the visionary and tireless leadership of Rep. Adam Koenig, Rep. Chad McCoy, House Speaker David Osborne, Senate Majority Leader Damon Thayer, Sen. John Schickel, Senate President Robert Stivers and Senate Minority Leader Morgan McGarvey.
During these trying and uncertain times, the passage of HB 415 will provide spirits, beer and wine producers with the means necessary to grow jobs and investment in our beloved Commonwealth.
This is truly a historic and game changing day for our signature industry.
— KDA President Eric Gregory