Substitute Senate Bill No. 178

Public Act No. 99-237

An Act Concerning the Direct Shipment of Alcohol to Minors.

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

Section 1. Section 30-86 of the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof:

Any permittee [who, by himself, his servant or agent,] or any servant or agent of a permittee who sells or delivers alcoholic liquor to any minor, or to any intoxicated person, or to any habitual drunkard, knowing [him] the person to be such an habitual drunkard, shall be subject to the penalties of section 30-113. Any person who sells, ships, delivers or gives any such liquors to such minor, by any means, including, but not limited to, the Internet or any other on-line computer network, except on the order of a practicing physician, shall be fined not more than one thousand five hundred dollars or imprisoned not more than eighteen months, or both. The provisions of this section shall not apply (1) to a sale, shipment or delivery made to a person over age eighteen who is an employee or permit holder under section 30-90a and where such sale, shipment or delivery is made in the course of such person's employment or business, (2) to a sale, shipment or delivery made in good faith to a minor who practices any deceit in the procurement of an identity card issued in accordance with the provisions of section 1-1h, who uses or exhibits any such identity card belonging to any other person or who uses or exhibits any such identity card [which] that has been altered or tampered with in any way, or (3) to a shipment or delivery made to a minor by a parent, guardian or spouse of the minor, provided such parent, guardian or spouse has attained the age of twenty-one and provided such minor possesses such alcoholic liquor while accompanied by such parent, guardian or spouse.

Sec. 2. (NEW) Any person who ships into this state any package or carton containing alcoholic liquor shall, for each offense, be fined not more than one thousand dollars or imprisoned not more than one year or both, unless (1) the contents of such package or carton are clearly marked on the outside of such package or carton, and (2) such person conditions delivery of such alcoholic liquor upon the signature of an individual who is (A) at least twenty-one years of age, or (B) legally authorized to receive such alcoholic liquor under the provisions of chapter 545 of the general statutes.

Approved June 29, 1999