OLR Bill Analysis

HB 7141 (as amended by House "A")*

AN ACT CONCERNING UNIVERSITY BEER, WINE AND LIQUOR PERMITS.

SUMMARY:

This bill revises the requirements to obtain university liquor permits, university beer permits, and university beer and wine permits.

It allows a holder of a university liquor permit, which allows the sale of all four types alcoholic liquor (alcohol, beer, wine, and spirits), to sell in a building situated on or abutting a golf course that is under the care and control of an institution offering a program of higher learning that has been (1) accredited by the Board of Governors of Higher Education or (2) otherwise authorized to award a degree according to state law. Under current law, a university liquor permit allows sales only in a room under the care and control of the University of Connecticut Board of Trustees.

The bill revises the requirements for university beer and university beer and wine permits. Under current law, these permits may be obtained by institutions (1) offering a program of higher learning as defined by state law and (2) that have been accredited by the board of governors. The bill also allows institutions that have been otherwise authorized to award a degree according to state law to obtain the permits.

*House Amendment “A” (1) reinstates the requirement that the programs of higher education offered by institutions applying for a liquor permit meet the statutory requirements for such programs and (2) revises where holders of university liquor permits may sell liquor.

EFFECTIVE DATE: October 1, 2007

BACKGROUND

Authority to Confer Degrees

No school can (1) operate a program of higher learning unless it has been licensed by the Board of Governors of Higher Education or (2) confer degrees unless it has been accredited by the board and authorized by the General Assembly to do so. The statutes define “program of higher learning” as any course of instruction for which it is stated or implied that college or university-level credit may be given (CGS 10a-34).

COMMITTEE ACTION

General Law Committee

Joint Favorable

Yea

18

Nay

1

(02/22/2007)