SENATE BILL 6024
State of Washington 52nd Legislature 1992 Regular Session
By Senators Bauer, Newhouse and Thorsness
Read first time 01/13/92. Referred to Committee on Commerce & Labor.
AN ACT Relating to brewers and domestic wineries; and amending RCW 66.28.010.
BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF WASHINGTON:
Sec. 1. RCW 66.28.010 and 1985 c 363 s 1 are each amended to read as follows:
(1) No manufacturer, importer, or wholesaler, or person financially interested, directly or indirectly, in such business, whether resident or nonresident, shall have any financial interest, direct or indirect, in any licensed retail business, nor shall any manufacturer, importer, or wholesaler own any of the property upon which such licensed persons conduct their business, nor shall any such licensed person, under any arrangement whatsoever, conduct his business upon property in which any manufacturer, importer, or wholesaler has any interest. Except as provided in subsection (3) of this section, no manufacturer, importer, or wholesaler shall advance moneys or moneys' worth to a licensed person under an arrangement, nor shall such licensed person receive, under an arrangement, an advance of moneys or moneys' worth: PROVIDED, That "person" as used in this section only shall not include those state or federally chartered banks, state or federally chartered savings and loan associations, state or federally chartered mutual savings banks, or institutional investors which are not controlled directly or indirectly by a manufacturer, importer, or wholesaler as long as the bank, savings and loan association, or institutional investor does not influence or attempt to influence the purchasing practices of the retailer with respect to alcoholic beverages. No manufacturer, importer, or wholesaler shall be eligible to receive or hold a retail license under this title, nor shall such manufacturer, importer, or wholesaler sell at retail any liquor as herein defined: PROVIDED, That nothing in this section shall prohibit a licensed brewer or domestic winery from being licensed as a retailer pursuant to chapter 66.24 RCW for the purpose of selling beer or wine of its own production at retail on the brewery or winery premises. Such beer and wine so sold at retail shall be subject to the taxes imposed by RCW 66.24.290 and 66.24.210 and to reporting and bonding requirements as prescribed by regulations adopted by the board pursuant to chapter 34.05 RCW: PROVIDED FURTHER, That nothing in this section shall prohibit a licensed brewer or domestic winery, or a lessee of a licensed brewer or domestic winery, from being licensed to sell beer or wine at retail as a class A, class B, or class C license under chapter 66.24 RCW, or as a class H restaurant pursuant to chapter 66.24 RCW for the purpose of selling liquor at a class H premises on the property on which the primary manufacturing facility of the licensed brewer or domestic winery is located or on contiguous property owned by the licensed brewer or domestic winery as prescribed by regulations adopted by the board pursuant to chapter 34.05 RCW.
(2) Financial interest, direct or indirect, as used in this section, shall include any interest, whether by stock ownership, mortgage, lien, or through interlocking directors, or otherwise. Pursuant to rules promulgated by the board in accordance with chapter 34.05 RCW manufacturers, wholesalers and importers may perform, and retailers may accept the service of building, rotating and restocking case displays and stock room inventories; rotating and rearranging can and bottle displays of their own products; provide point of sale material and brand signs; price case goods of their own brands; and perform such similar normal business services as the board may by regulation prescribe.
(3)(a) This section does not prohibit a manufacturer, importer, or wholesaler from providing services to a class G or J retail licensee for: (i) Installation of draft beer dispensing equipment or advertising, (ii) advertising, pouring or dispensing of wine at a wine tasting exhibition or judging event, or (iii) a class G or J retail licensee from receiving any such services as may be provided by a manufacturer, importer, or wholesaler: PROVIDED, That nothing in this section shall prohibit a retail licensee, or any person financially interested, directly or indirectly, in such a retail licensee from having a financial interest, direct or indirect, in a business which provides, for a compensation commensurate in value to the services provided, bottling, canning or other services to a manufacturer, so long as the retail licensee or person interested therein has no direct financial interest in or control of said manufacturer.
(b) A person holding contractual rights to payment from selling a liquor wholesaler's business and transferring the license shall not be deemed to have a financial interest under this section if the person (i) lacks any ownership in or control of the wholesaler, (ii) is not employed by the wholesaler, and (iii) does not influence or attempt to influence liquor purchases by retail liquor licensees from the wholesaler.
(c) The board shall adopt such rules as are deemed necessary to carry out the purposes and provisions of subsection (3)(a) of this section in accordance with the administrative procedure act, chapter 34.05 RCW.