Marc Sorini was featured in the July 8 Kane’s Beverage News Daily, which quoted his letter to the House Commerce Committee regarding H.R. 5034. The bill “is a vehicle to provide protection for powerful economic interests in the ‘wholesaler-tier’ of the [alcohol beverage] industry,” Mr. Sorini’s letter asserted. He noted that, although large alcohol beverage manufacturers and distributors are the main backers of the bill, civil rights groups also have been “misled” into supporting it as a means to restrict alcohol sales. In reality, the bill seeks to expand national industry regulation to the detriment of the current effective system of state regulation. “A state has many mechanisms to regulate the price of alcohol without resorting to legally sanctioned price fixing,” Mr. Sorini said in criticizing the bill.