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Houghtaling Bill to Extend Pilot Program for Certain Wineries to Host Events Clears Assembly Panel

With the goal for certain wineries to continue supplementing their revenue by hosting events, legislation (A-2775) sponsored by Assemblyman Eric Houghtaling (D-Monmouth) to permanently adopt a 2014 pilot program that permitted wineries on preserved farmland to host special events was approved Thursday by the Assembly Agriculture and Natural Resources Committee.

Assemblyman Houghtaling released the following statement:

“We’ve seen wineries on preserved farmland have great success under the State’s current pilot program. Hosting food truck festivals, social outings and other events are a great way for wineries to promote their products and engage with their communities. This program should be made permanent so that wineries may continue growing beyond the vineyards.”