PA 16-103—sHB 5324

General Law Committee

Finance, Revenue and Bonding Committee

AN ACT CONCERNING ALCOHOLIC LIQUOR

SUMMARY: This act makes several unrelated changes to the Liquor Control Act.

The act generally expands the hours during which liquor permittees (e. g. , restaurants and taverns) may sell or dispense alcohol for on-premises consumption by allowing them to sell and dispense alcohol an hour earlier on Sundays, starting at 10: 00 a. m. instead of 11: 00 a. m. By law, such permittees are generally allowed to sell and dispense alcohol from 9: 00 a. m. to 1: 00 a. m. the next morning on Monday through Thursday and from 9: 00 a. m. to 2: 00 a. m. the next morning on Friday and Saturday.

The act expands the hours when farm winery manufacturer permittees may sell at retail and offer free samples of wine on their premises. It allows sales and free samples two hours earlier on Monday through Saturday, starting at 8: 00 a. m. instead of 10: 00 a. m. The act also allows them to offer at a farmers' market free tastings of wine manufactured at the winery. By law, a farm winery permittee can already sell such wine at retail at a farmers' market, if he or she is invited by the farmers' market and holds a farmers' market wine sales permit.

The act increases, from four to 16, the number of events for which the Department of Consumer Protection can waive certain alcohol sale and service limitations for catering establishment restaurant permittees. According to these limitations, alcohol may only be (1) served for on-premises consumption to guests invited to and attending a function, occasion, or event at the catering establishment and (2) sold during the specific hours of the scheduled function, occasion, or event. By law, the establishment must apply for a waiver at least 10 days before the function, occasion, or event.

By law, grocery store beer permittees may employ people as young as age 15, but employees under age 18 are prohibited from serving or selling alcoholic liquor. The act requires an employee age 18 or over to approve all beer sales on a grocery store permittee's premises.

EFFECTIVE DATE: Upon passage, except the restaurant catering permit provision takes effect July 1, 2016.

BACKGROUND

Related Act

PA 16-117, 6, allows a farm winery permittee to sell and offer free samples of wine an hour earlier on Sundays, starting at 10: 00 a. m. instead of 11: 00 a. m.

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