Senate committee substitute amends the 1st ed. of the bill as follows and makes conforming changes to the bill title:
Modifies amendments to GS 18B-104(a)(3) reinstating fines of up to $500 for a first violation, $750 for a second violation, and $1,000 for a third violation within three years, and excludes from fine for violations within a three-year period those violations listed in a new subdivision (3a).
Amends GS 18B-104(a) by adding a new subdivision (3a) to set fines for violations involving acts of violence, controlled substances, or prostitution at up to $750 for a first violation, $1,000 for a second violation, and $1,250 for a third violation within three years. Authorizes the Alcoholic Beverage Control Commission [Commission] to also impose conditions on the operating hours of the permitee’s establishment for these offenses.
Reinstates the $5,000 fine in GS 18B-104(b).
Adds a new GS 18B-104(b1) to authorize compromise penalties for offenses which the Commission is authorized to suspend or revoke a permit and which involve acts of violence or knowingly allowing violations of controlled substance and prostitution statutes on a licensed premises. For two or more such violations within a three-year period, the Commission may accept an offer in compromise to pay a penalty of up to $10,000 in lieu of revoking the permit, and may impose conditions on the operating hours of the licensed premises.
Modifies amendments to GS 18B-900(a)(1) to repeal age requirements related to business ownership and instead to simply require that a permittee be 21 years of age.
Modifies amendments to GS 18B-900(c) to reinstate 25% ownership requirements and adds a new subdivision (6) requiring a manager or person otherwise responsible for day-to-day operations of the premises to qualify for an ABC permit.
Makes technical and grammatical changes to GS 18B-901.
Modifies amendments to GS 18B-904(e) to authorize the Commission to commence a contested case under Chapter 150B for violations specified in this subsection.
Adds a new subsection (4a) to GS 18B-1000 defining a private bar as an establishment operated for profit and open only to members of the organization and their guests. Deletes sentence providing that subsection (5) does not apply to private club permits in place on April 1, 2018.
Amends GS 18B-1001 to list private bars as eligible permit holders for ABC permits authorized under this statute.
Amends GS 130A-247, 130A-248, and 130A-250 to exempt private bars from the sanitation regulation requirements of those statutes.
Modifies the effective date of the act to grandfather permits issued to private clubs prior to the act’s effective date until eligible for renewal as either a private bar or a private club.
Bill S 714 (2017-2018)Summary date: Jun 14 2018 - View summary
Bill S 714 (2017-2018)Summary date: May 16 2018 - View summary
Identical to H 944, filed May 16, 2018.
Amends GS 18B-104, which sets out the actions the ABC Commission (Commission) may take against a permittee for any violation of the ABC laws. Increases the maximum fine the Commission may impose from $500 to $1,350 for a first violation, from $750 to $2,100 for a second violation, and from $1,000 to $2,750 for a third violation. Also expands the actions available to the Commission to include imposing conditions on the operation hours of the permittee’s business. Finally, in cases in which the Commission is entitled to suspend or revoke a permit, increases the maximum penalty amount the Commission may accept in compromise instead of revocation or in addition to suspension from $5,000 to $10,000. Effective October 1, 2018.
Amends GS 18B-900, which sets out the qualifications for ABC permittees. Currently, to be eligible to receive and hold an ABC permit, a person must be at least 21 years old, unless the person is a manager of a business selling only malt beverages and unfortified wine and is at least 19 years old. Makes changes to this qualification to now require a person to be at least 21 years old, unless the person is an owner of a business seeking to sell alcoholic beverages and is at least 25 years old. Under the same law, for an ABC permit to be issued to and held for a business, each of the specified persons associated with that business must meet the eight qualifications required for ABC permittees, including the age requirement as amended above. Currently, this includes each manager and any member with a 25% or greater interest in a limited liability company, and each officer, director, and owner of 25% or more of the stock of a corporation. Makes changes to instead require each manager and any member with a 51% or greater interest in a limited liability company to meet the permittee qualifications, and if any manager or member does not hold 51% individually, then 51% of all ownership must meet the qualifications. Makes similar changes to require each officer, director, and owner of 51% or more of the stock of a corporation to meet the permittee qualifications, and if any officer, director or owner does not hold 51% individually then 51% of the ownership of the stock of a corporation must meet the qualifications. Makes no changes to the existing exception from the age requirement for officers, directors, or stockholders who are not managers or otherwise responsible for the day-to-day operation of the business. Applies to new permits issued on or after the date the act becomes law.
Makes technical changes to GS 18B-901, concerning the issuance of ABC permits.
Amends GS 18B-904(e), which sets out miscellaneous provisions relating to situations where a business or location is no longer suitable for an ABC permit. Provides that the Commission can suspend or revoke a permit issued by it if an administrative law judge (ALJ) finds that the location occupied by the permittee is no longer a suitable place to hold ABC permits or that the operation of the business with an ABC permit at that location is detrimental to the neighborhood (previously, authorized the Commission to suspend or revoke a permit issued by it, if after compliance with the provisions of GS Chapter 150B (Administrative Procedure Act/APA), the Commission found the business or location no longer suitable as described). Further provides that, after the Commission has issued an order to summarily suspend or revoke a permit due to a business not operating for the activity authorized by the permit within six months of issuance, the permittee can make a written request for a hearing on the matter to the Office of Administrative Hearings (was, the Commission) within 30 days after receipt of notice of the order. Requires the ALJ to issue an order to affirm, reverse, or modify the Commission’s previous action when a hearing is requested (previously, the Commission was required to affirm, reverse, or modify its previous action after compliance with the APA when a hearing was requested). Additionally, requires the Commission to immediately suspend permits issued by it for a period of 30 days if (1) ALE agents, local ABC Board officers, or local law enforcement agencies (previously, only ALE agents or local ABC Board officers) provide advance notice to the Commission Legal Division staff of an ongoing undercover operation and (2) upon execution of the search warrant resulting from the undercover operation, five or more persons are criminally charged with violations of gambling, disorderly conduct, prostitution, controlled substance, or felony criminal counterfeit trademark laws.
Amends GS 18B-1000, which sets out defined terms applicable to GS Chapter 18B (Regulation of Alcoholic Beverages). Currently, private club is defined as an establishment that is organized and operated solely for a social, recreational, patriotic, or fraternal purpose and that is not open to the general public, but is open only to members of the organization and their bona fide guests. The current definition also prohibits any organization that discriminates in the selection of its membership on the basis of religion, except for bona fide religious organizations, from being eligible to receive any ABC permits. Deletes the current definition entirely, and instead defines the term to mean an establishment that qualifies as a 501(c) business under the Internal Revenue Code and has been in operation for a minimum of 12 months prior to application for an ABC permit. Adds that this new definition does not apply to any private club permits in place on April 1, 2018. Applies to new permits issued on or after the date the act becomes law.