Substitute House Bill No. 6398
          Substitute House Bill No. 6398

               PUBLIC ACT NO. 97-85


AN ACT CONCERNING  DISCRIMINATION  BY GOLF COUNTRY
CLUBS.


    Be  it  enacted  by  the  Senate  and House of
Representatives in General Assembly convened:
    Section 1. (NEW)  (a) For the purposes of this
section, "golf country  club" means an association
of persons consisting  of  not  less  than  twenty
members who pay  membership fees or dues and which
maintains a golf  course  of  not  less  than nine
holes and (1) receives payment for dues, fees, use
of   space,   facilities,   services,   meals   or
beverages,  directly or  indirectly,  from  or  on
behalf of nonmembers or (2) holds a permit to sell
alcoholic liquor under  chapter 545 of the general
statutes.
    (b) No golf  country  club may deny membership
in such club  to  any  person  on account of race,
religion, color, national  origin,  ancestry, sex,
marital status or sexual orientation.
    (c)  All  classes  of  membership  in  a  golf
country club shall  be available without regard to
race, religion, color,  national origin, ancestry,
sex, marital status or sexual orientation.
    (d) A golf country club that allows the use of
its facilities or  services  by two or more adults
per  membership,  including   the   use   of  such
facilities or services  during  restricted  times,
shall  make such  use  equally  available  to  all
adults entitled to use such facilities or services
under that membership.  The  requirements  of this
subsection concerning equal  access  to facilities
or services of  such club shall not apply to adult
children included in  the  membership.  Nothing in
this subsection shall  be  construed to affect the
assessment by a  golf  country  club  of any fees,
dues or charges  it  deems  appropriate, including
the ability to  charge  additional  fees,  dues or
charges for access  by  both  adult members during
restricted times.
    (e) A golf  country  club  that  has  food  or
beverage facilities or  services shall allow equal
access to such  facilities  and  services  for all
adults in all  membership categories at all times.
Nothing in this  subsection  shall be construed to
require access to  such  facilities or services by
any person if  such  access  by  such person would
violate any provision of the general statutes or a
municipal   ordinance   concerning    the    sale,
consumption or regulation of alcoholic beverages.
    (f) Nothing in this section shall be construed
to prohibit a golf country club from sponsoring or
permitting events that  are  limited to members of
one sex if  such  club  sponsors or permits events
that are comparable for members of each sex.
    (g) Any person aggrieved by a violation of the
provisions  of this  section  may  bring  a  civil
action in the  Superior  Court  to  enjoin further
violations  and  to  recover  the  actual  damages
sustained  by reason  of  such  violation  or  two
hundred  fifty  dollars,   whichever  is  greater,
together with costs  and  a  reasonable attorney's
fee.
    (h) If, in  an action brought under subsection
(g) of this  section,  the court finds that a golf
country club holding  a  permit  to sell alcoholic
liquor under chapter  545  of the general statutes
has  violated  any   of  the  provisions  of  this
section, it may, in addition to any relief ordered
under said subsection (g), order the suspension of
such permit until  such time as it determines that
such  club is  no  longer  in  violation  of  this
section. The clerk  of the court shall send a copy
of  such  order  to  the  Department  of  Consumer
Protection.  Notwithstanding  the   provisions  of
sections 4-182 and  30-55 of the general statutes,
the department shall,  upon receipt of such order,
suspend such permit in accordance with such order.
Upon determination by  the court that such club is
no longer in  violation of this section, the clerk
of the court shall send a notice to that effect to
the department and  the department shall reinstate
such permit.
    Sec. 2. This  act shall take effect January 1,
1998.

Approved May 29, 1997