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Alcohol regulator Peter Franchot, lawmakers clash in heated hearing on beer regulations

Alcohol regulator Peter Franchot, lawmakers clash in heated hearing on beer regulations

Maryland Comptroller Peter Franchot took his case for fewer limits on the state’s craft brewers before a panel of lawmakers whose hearing room turned into a lion’s den Friday as delegates accused him of fomenting rancor over the issue.

Franchot had promoted the hearing on his Facebook page like a boxing match that he dubbed the “Fight for Maryland Beer” and had recently labeled lawmakers who were opposing him as idiots.

“I was hoping we could have a thoughtful, rational and respectful conversation,” said Del. Ben Kramer, a Montgomery County Democrat who has proposed a bill to study stripping Franchot’s office of its alcohol regulating authority. “But as I witness from your...

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