PA 07-39—SB 1204

General Law Committee

AN ACT CONCERNING ALCOHOL SHIPPING PERMITS

SUMMARY: This act prohibits shippers of wine from shipping more than five gallons in a two-month, rather than a 60-day, period directly to any one consumer in Connecticut. State law classifies shippers as in-state farm wineries and out-of-state shippers and wineries.

EFFECTIVE DATE: October 1, 2007

BACKGROUND

Direct Shipment of Wine to Consumers

By law, Connecticut farm wineries, and out-of-state shippers and wineries may ship wine directly to Connecticut consumers. To do so they must, among other things:

1. make certain that all packages of wine shipped to Connecticut consumers bear a label stating, “CONTAINS ALCOHOL—SIGNATURE OF A PERSON AGE 21 OR OLDER REQUIRED FOR DELIVERY;

2. obtain the signature of a person age 21 or older before delivering, after requiring the signer to prove his or her age by showing a valid driver's license or Connecticut identity card;

3. pay all sales and alcoholic beverage taxes due on the sales to the Department of Revenue Services and file related tax returns; and

4. hold an in-state transporter's permit or ship to Connecticut consumers using a delivery company that holds such a permit.

OLR Tracking: KS: JF: CR: TS