Gov. Hogan, Comptroller Franchot continue to criticize lawmakers over lack of Md. brewery reform

Gov. Larry Hogan and Comptroller Peter Franchot continued their two-man campaign against the General Assembly Thursday, criticizing Democratic legislators for stymieing craft brewery reform in the state.

Franchot, who is a Democrat himself, has been championing a proposal to ease limits on the state’s brewing industry by getting rid of many caps on production, distribution and sales. But the legislation failed to make it through the General Assembly this year.

The lack of reform has created a business environment in which no craft brewery would “touch Maryland with a 10-foot pole,” Franchot said, and leaves the state’s 85 breweries ripe for recruitment by other nearby states. Hogan, meanwhile, admitted that after the recent General Assembly session, he’s committed to supporting the local brewing industry “one beer at a time.”

“After spending 90 days in our legislative session with [Senate President Thomas V. Mike] Miller and [House Speaker Michael] Busch, sometimes a…

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