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House Bill No. 5334

Public Act No. 14-189

AN ACT ESTABLISHING AN OFF-SITE FARM WINERY SALES AND TASTING PERMIT.

Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives in General Assembly convened:

Section 1. (NEW) (Effective July 1, 2014) (a) The Commissioner of Consumer Protection shall issue an off-site farm winery sales and tasting permit to a holder of a manufacturer permit for a farm winery upon the holder's submission of proof to the commissioner that the holder is in compliance with the requirements of subsection (e) of section 30-16 of the general statutes. An off-site farm winery sales and tasting permit shall authorize the sale and offering of free samples of wine manufactured from the farm winery during a total of not more than seven events or functions per year held pursuant to a temporary liquor permit issued pursuant to section 30-35 of the general statutes, a charitable organization permit issued pursuant to section 30-37b of the general statutes or a nonprofit corporation permit issued pursuant to section 30-37h of the general statutes, at locations outside the manufacturer permit for a farm winery holder's permit premises, provided such holder: (1) Notifies the Department of Consumer Protection, on a form prescribed by the Commissioner of Consumer Protection, not less than five business days prior to the date of the event or function, of the date, hours and location of each event or function, (2) sells only wine by the bottle at the event or function, and (3) is present, or has an authorized representative present, at the time of the sale of any bottle of wine or the offering of a free sample of wine from the farm winery at the event or function. An off-site farm winery sales and tasting permit shall be valid for a period of one year from the date of issuance. The annual fee for such permit shall be two hundred fifty dollars. There shall be a one-hundred-dollar nonrefundable filing fee for any such permit.

(b) Any town or municipality may, by ordinance or zoning regulation, prohibit the sale or offering of free samples of wine by the holder of an off-site farm winery sales and tasting permit at an event or function held in such town or municipality.

Sec. 2. Subsection (a) of section 30-48 of the 2014 supplement to the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof (Effective July 1, 2014):

(a) No backer or permittee of one permit class shall be a backer or permittee of any other permit class except in the case of any class of airport, railroad, airline and boat permits, and except that: (1) A backer of a hotel or restaurant permit may be a backer of both such classes; (2) a holder or backer of a manufacturer permit for a brew pub, a restaurant permit or a cafe permit may be a holder or backer of any other or all of such classes; (3) a holder or backer of a restaurant permit may be a holder or backer of a bowling establishment permit; (4) a backer of a restaurant permit may be a backer of a coliseum permit or a coliseum concession permit, or both, when such restaurant is within a coliseum; (5) a backer of a hotel permit may be a backer of a coliseum permit or a coliseum concession permit, or both; (6) a backer of a coliseum permit may be a backer of a coliseum concession permit; (7) a backer of a coliseum concession permit may be a backer of a coliseum permit; (8) a backer of a grocery store beer permit may be a backer of a package store permit if such was the case on or before May 1, 1996; (9) a backer of a university permit may be a backer of a nonprofit theater permit; (10) subject to the discretion of the department, a backer of a permit provided for in section 30-33b, may be a backer of any other retail on-premise consumption permit, including those permits provided for in section 30-33b; (11) a backer of a nonprofit theater permit may be a holder or backer of a hotel permit; (12) a holder or backer of a restaurant permit may be a holder or backer of a special outing facility permit; (13) a backer of a concession permit may be a backer of a coliseum permit or a coliseum concession permit, or both; (14) a holder of an out-of-state winery shipper's permit for wine may be a holder of an in-state transporter's permit or an out-of-state entity wine festival permit issued pursuant to section 30-37m, or of both such permits; (15) a holder of an out-of-state shipper's permit for alcoholic liquor other than beer may be a holder of an in-state transporter's permit; and (16) a holder of a [manufacturer's] manufacturer permit for a farm winery may be a holder of an in-state transporter's permit, a wine festival permit issued pursuant to section 30-37l, a farmers' market wine sales permit issued pursuant to subsection (a) of section 30-37o, an off-site farm winery sales and tasting permit issued pursuant to section 1 of this act or of any combination of such permits. Any person may be a permittee of more than one permit. A person may be a permittee under a permit provided for in section 30-33b and a backer of any other retail on-premise consumption permit, including those permits provided for in section 30-33b. The operator of a racing or jai alai exhibition with pari-mutuel betting licensed by the Department of Consumer Protection may be a backer of any permit provided for in section 30-33b. No holder of a manufacturer permit for a brew pub and no spouse or child of such holder may be a holder or backer of more than three restaurant permits or cafe permits.

Approved June 12, 2014