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Substitute House Bill No. 5324

Public Act No. 16-103

AN ACT CONCERNING ALCOHOLIC LIQUOR.

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

Section 1. Subsection (a) of section 30-22b of the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof (Effective July 1, 2016):

(a) A restaurant permit for a catering establishment shall allow a catering establishment to serve alcoholic liquor at a function, occasion or event on the premises of a catering establishment, [; ] provided (1) [that] alcoholic liquor shall be sold only to persons invited to and attending such a function, occasion or event, and (2) [that] alcoholic liquor shall be sold only during the specific hours such function, occasion or event is scheduled on the premises. The permittee shall comply with the regulations of the local department of health. The department may waive the requirements of subdivisions (1) and (2) of this subsection for not more than [four] sixteen functions, occasions or events of a catering establishment annually, provided such establishment makes written application to the department at least ten days prior to the scheduled date of the function, occasion or event for which a waiver is sought. The annual fee for a restaurant permit for a catering establishment shall be one thousand four hundred fifty dollars.

Sec. 2. Subsection (a) of section 30-91 of the 2016 supplement to the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof (Effective from passage):

(a) The sale or the dispensing or consumption or the presence in glasses or other receptacles suitable to permit the consumption of alcoholic liquor by an individual in places operating under hotel permits, restaurant permits, cafe permits, restaurant permits for catering establishments, bowling establishment permits, racquetball facility permits, club permits, coliseum permits, coliseum concession permits, special sporting facility restaurant permits, special sporting facility employee recreational permits, special sporting facility guest permits, special sporting facility concession permits, special sporting facility bar permits, golf country club permits, nonprofit public museum permits, university permits, airport restaurant permits, airport bar permits, airport airline club permits, tavern permits, a manufacturer permit for a brew pub, manufacturer permits for beer and brew pubs, casino permits, caterer liquor permits and charitable organization permits shall be unlawful on: (1) Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday between the hours of one o'clock a. m. and nine o'clock a. m. ; (2) Saturday between the hours of two o'clock a. m. and nine o'clock a. m. ; (3) Sunday between the hours of two o'clock a. m. and [eleven] ten o'clock a. m. ; (4) Christmas, except (A) for alcoholic liquor that is served where food is also available during the hours otherwise permitted by this section for the day on which Christmas falls, and (B) by casino permittees at casinos, as defined in section 30-37k; and (5) January first between the hours of three o'clock a. m. and nine o'clock a. m. , except that on any Sunday that is January first the prohibitions of this section shall be between the hours of three o'clock a. m. and [eleven] ten o'clock a. m.

Sec. 3. Subsection (f) of section 30-91 of the 2016 supplement to the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof (Effective from passage):

(f) The retail sale of wine and the tasting of free samples of wine by visitors and prospective retail customers of a permittee holding a manufacturer permit for a farm winery on the premises of such permittee shall be unlawful on Sunday before eleven o'clock a. m. and after ten o'clock p. m. and on any other day before [ten] eight o'clock a. m. and after ten o'clock p. m. Any town may, by vote of a town meeting or by ordinance, reduce the number of hours during which sales and the tasting of free samples of wine under this subsection shall be permissible.

Sec. 4. Subdivision (7) of subsection (e) of section 30-16 of the 2016 supplement to the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof (Effective from passage):

(7) A holder of a manufacturer permit for a farm winery may sell and offer free tastings of wine manufactured from such winery at a farmers' market, as defined in section 22-6r, that is operated as a nonprofit enterprise or association, provided such farmers' market invites such holder to sell wine at such farmers' market and such holder has a farmers' market wine sales permit issued by the Commissioner of Consumer Protection in accordance with the provisions of subsection (a) of section 30-37o.

Sec. 5. Section 30-90a of the 2016 supplement to the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof (Effective from passage):

Any person sixteen years of age or over may be employed by an employer holding a permit issued under this chapter, except that (1) any person fifteen years of age or older may be so employed by such an employer on premises operating under a grocery store beer permit, and (2) any person under the age of eighteen who is employed on any permit premises shall not serve or sell alcoholic liquor. An employee eighteen years of age or over who is located on the grocery store beer permit premises shall approve all sales of beer on such premises. A minor performing paid or volunteer services of an emergency nature shall be deemed to be an employee subject to the provisions of this section.

Approved June 2, 2016