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Free the Hops bill passed by Alabama State Senate

Visitors trying to Google “Free the Hops” and trying to access their website are currently meeting a 504 error.  We’re thinking it’s because of the traffic being generated by fans of specialty & gourmet beers throughout the state celebrating the passage of HB 373 earlier this afternoon. This afternoon at 2:56 p.m., Free the Hops shared via Twitter words that its supporters have been waiting to hear since it was founded in 2004…


The bill was passed while Senator Hank Erwin was outside of the Senate chamber in Montgomery. The bill currently awaits the signature of Governor Riley. The organization’s making a plea on their blog with additional information about the next step in the process.

Ms. Ledbetter is going to Washington

Lilly Ledbetter. Lindsay Beyerstein/flickrThe word’s gotten out that Lily Ledbetter, for whom the Lily Ledbetter Fair Pay Act of 2009 is named for, is heading up to the Nation’s Capital from Jacksonville, AL to be present when the President signs it into law tomorrow morning. The White House seems to have been looking forward to this event themselves, as evidenced in one of their first blog posts going so far as to provide a link to the measure as it was presented to and passed by boh the House and Senate via THOMAS. Today’s Birmingham News shares the story of where she’s come from and how she got ready for her trip into Washington today.

Photo: Lily Ledbetter. Lindsay Beyerstein/Flickr.