Bill Summary for S 344 (2019-2020)

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Mar 21 2019

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View NCGA Bill Details2019-2020 Session
Senate Bill 344 (Public) Filed Thursday, March 21, 2019
AN ACT TO AUTHORIZE THE ALCOHOLIC BEVERAGE CONTROL COMMISSION TO ISSUE COMMON AREA ENTERTAINMENT PERMITS TO ALLOW A CUSTOMER OF AN ABC LICENSED PREMISES LOCATED IN A SHOPPING MALL TO CONSUME AN ALCOHOLIC BEVERAGE PURCHASED FROM THE LICENSED PREMISES WITHIN A DESIGNATED INDOOR OR OUTDOOR COMMON AREA ON THE SHOPPING MALL PROPERTY.
Intro. by Woodard, Gunn.

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Amends GS 18B-1001 by creating a common area entertainment permit to be issued to the owner of a shopping mall that has at least one tenant that holds an on-premises malt beverage permit, on-premises unfortified wine permit, on-premises fortified wine permit, or mixed beverages permit. The permit allows the customer of a shopping mall tenant holding one of those specified permit types to exit the licensed premises with an open container of alcohol sold by the tenant and consume the beverage within the confines of any common area on the premises of the shopping mall that is designated for such consumption. Defines a shopping mall as a building or structure, or multiple buildings and structures on the same property and under common ownership or control, that contain or contains multiple businesses that sell food, goods, services, or a combination of food, goods, and services, and that are connected by common areas. Sets out eight additional conditions that apply to a common area entertainment permit, including that alcoholic beverages sold for consumption in a designated common area must be dispensed only in a paper or plastic cup bearing the name, logo, or name and logo of the licensed premises from which the beverage was purchased and limits the amount to 16 fluid ounces, prohibits a customer from possessing or consuming more than one alcoholic beverage at a time while within the designated common area, and requires a customer in the designated common area to dispose of any  alcoholic beverage prior to exiting the designated common area.

Amends GS 18B-902 by setting the permit fee at $750.

Allows the Alcoholic Beverage Control Commission to adopt temporary rules to implement the act's requirements.

Effective July 1, 2019.

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