Bill Summary for S 155 (2017-2018)

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May 31 2017

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View NCGA Bill Details2017-2018 Session
Senate Bill 155 (Public) Filed Wednesday, March 1, 2017
AN ACT TO MAKE VARIOUS CHANGES TO THE ALCOHOLIC BEVERAGE CONTROL COMMISSION LAWS.
Intro. by Gunn, Blue, Harrington.

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Senate committee substitute makes the following changes to the 1st edition.

Amends the long title.

Amends GS 18B-301. Deletes proposed amendments regarding consumer tastings at ABC stores authorized by GS 18B-1114.7, preserving the language regarding consumption on public roads, streets, highways, or sidewalks. Makes conforming changes.

Amends proposedGS 18B-1114.7 (Authorization of spirituous liquor special event permit). Further authorizes holders of supplier representative permits and brokerage representative permits to obtain spirituous liquor special event permits. Deletes language authorizing holders of spirituous liquor special event permits to give free tastings at ABC stores. Authorizes the permit holder's authorized agent to conduct the consumer tasting or pour the spirituous liquor, but provides that the permit holder is solely responsible for any violations of GS Chapter 18B (Regulation of Alcoholic Beverages) in connection with the tasting. Limits the total amount of tasting samples to and consumed by each consumer in any calendar day to 1 ounce (was, 1.5 ounces). Makes conforming changes by deleting language regarding consumer tastings at ABC stores.

Amends GS 18B-1002. Authorizes the Alcoholic Beverage Control Commission to issue a permit to collectors of antique spirituous liquor to authorize them to bring into the State, transport, or possess as a collector a greater amount of those alcoholic beverages than is otherwise authorized by this Chapter, or to sell those alcoholic beverages in a manner prescribed by the Commission.

Amends proposed GS 18B-1002.1 (Special auction permit). Replaces the current list of alcoholic beverages that may be auctioned under this statute's permit with items described in GS 18B-1002(a)(4) (wine, decorative decanters of spirituous liquor, and antique spirituous liquor). Deletes language regarding methods of bidding, jurisdictions in which the permit may be issued, and when the Commission may deny a one-time special auction permit.

Amends proposed GS 153A-145.7 and GS 160A-205.3. Amends the captions to read Hours of certain alcohol sales. Authorizes an ordinance to be adopted by a county or city under those statutes allowing for the sale of malt beverages, unfortified wine, fortified wine, and mixed beverages beginning at 10:00 AM on Sunday pursuant to licensed premises' permits (was, authorized ordinances allowing licensed restaurants, not licensed premises, to sell beverages pursuant to specified permits).

Amends GS 75-40, regarding consumer rebates. Authorizes the inclusion of a person, firm, or corporation's designated agent's telephone number or email address on a rebate form as an alternative to the current requirement of including the telephone number or email address of the person, firm, or corporation offering the rebate.

Directs the ABC Commission to amend its rules no later than December 31, 2017, to permit each of six listed things, including rebate offers by members of the alcoholic beverage industry for the purchase of alcoholic beverages from specified suppliers.

Directs the ABC Commission to amend its rules no later than December 31, 2017, to eliminate any rule or requirement that does any of four listed things, including prohibiting offers and advertisements of "2 for 1," "buy 1 get 1 free," "buy 1 get another for a __ (nickel, penny, etc.)," and any other similar statement.

Makes an organizational change.

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