- Associated Press - Wednesday, August 10, 2016

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - Iowa officials are creating a group to review Iowa’s alcohol laws and make recommendations to possibly change them.

Gov. Terry Branstad says the group announced Tuesday could make recommendations that remove barriers for businesses involved in brewing, distilling and wine-making. Leaders in the Iowa Alcoholic Beverages Division and the Iowa Economic Development Authority will oversee the group.

Branstad says the state’s laws regulating alcohol were first written in the early 1930s, and reviewing them will ensure business owners have opportunities in economic development. Stephen Larson, administrator of the Iowa Alcoholic Beverages Division, notes there has been confusion and ambiguity in the past regarding some language in the laws.

The group will begin its work in September. It aims to provide recommendations to the governor by January.

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