AN ACT TO PROVIDE LOCAL GOVERNMENTS WITH THE OPTION OF ALLOWING CERTAIN ALCOHOL SALES AND ADVERTISING.
Establishes a new ABC permit under GS 18B-1001, called the happy hour permit, issuable to the holder of an on-premises malt beverage permit, an on-premises unfortified wine permit, an on-premises fortified wine permit, or a mixed beverages permit, that allows the holder to: sell an alcoholic beverage at a price that is different from the usual or established price charged for the alcoholic beverage; sell more than one alcoholic beverage to a patron for a single price; establish a single price based upon the required purchase of more than one alcoholic beverage; offer "cents off" coupons; offer a meal and alcoholic beverage at a single total price, whether or not the total price reflects a reduced price of the alcoholic beverage; and advertise the price and type of alcoholic beverages on outside signage located on the permittee's premises, and/or via newspapers, radio, television, and other mass media. Requires the relevant county or city to adopt an ordinance authorizing the issuance of happy hour permits prior to issuance.
Enacts GS 153A-145.6A concerning counties, and GS 160A-205.6, concerning cities, authorizing local governments to adopt an ordinance authorizing the issuance of happy hour permits, with authority to limit or amend the parameters of the permit as enacted in GS 18B-1001.
Effective July 1, 2022.
Directs the ABC Commission to amend its rule consistent with the Act pursuant to GS 150B-21.1.