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General Assembly

 

Governor's Bill No. 14

February Session, 2016

 

LCO No. 639

 

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Referred to Committee on GENERAL LAW

 

Introduced by:

 

SEN. LOONEY, 11th Dist.

SEN. DUFF, 25th Dist.

REP. SHARKEY, 88th Dist.

REP. ARESIMOWICZ, 30th Dist.

 

AN ACT ENSURING THE REGIONAL COMPETITIVENESS OF CONNECTICUT'S LIQUOR PRICES.

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

Section 1. Section 30-68m of the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof (Effective July 1, 2016):

(a) For the purposes of this section:

(1) "Cost" for a retail permittee means (A) for alcoholic liquor other than beer, the [posted bottle price from the wholesaler] actual cost paid per bottle by the retail permittee to the wholesaler, plus any charge for shipping or delivery to the retail permittee's place of business paid by the retail permittee, [in addition to the posted price,] and (B) for beer, the lowest posted price during the month in which the retail permittee is selling plus any charge for shipping or delivery to the retail permittee's place of business paid by the retail permittee in addition to the price originally paid by the retail permittee; and

(2) "Retail permittee" means the holder of a permit allowing the sale of alcoholic liquor for off-premises consumption. [; and]

[(3) "Bottle price" means the price per unit of the contents of any case of alcoholic liquor, other than beer, and shall be arrived at by dividing the case price by the number of units or bottles making up such case price and adding to the quotient an amount that is not less than the following: A unit or bottle one-half pint or two hundred milliliters or less, two cents; a unit or bottle more than one-half pint or two hundred milliliters but not more than one pint or five hundred milliliters, four cents; and a unit or bottle greater than one pint or five hundred milliliters, eight cents.]

(b) No retail permittee shall sell alcoholic liquor at a price below his or her cost.

(c) Notwithstanding the provisions of subsection (b) of this section, a retail permittee may sell one beer item identified by a stock-keeping unit number or one item of alcoholic liquor other than beer identified by a stock-keeping unit number below his or her cost each month, provided the item is not sold at less than ninety per cent of such retail permittee's cost. A retail permittee who intends to sell an item below cost pursuant to this subsection shall notify the Department of Consumer Protection of such sale not later than the second day of the month such item will be offered for sale.

This act shall take effect as follows and shall amend the following sections:

Section 1

July 1, 2016

30-68m

Statement of Purpose:

To implement the Governor's budget recommendations.

[Proposed deletions are enclosed in brackets. Proposed additions are indicated by underline, except that when the entire text of a bill or resolution or a section of a bill or resolution is new, it is not underlined.]