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State Government & Tribal Affairs Committee
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Brief Description: Modifying conditions and restrictions for liquor licenses.
Sponsors: Representatives Hunt, Taylor, McCoy, Appleton, Condotta, Miloscia and Dunshee; by request of Liquor Control Board.
Hearing Date: 2/2/11
Staff: Joan Elgee (786-7106).
The Liquor Control Board (Board) issues multiple types of licenses, including winery, microbrewery, grocery store, restaurant, and nightclub licenses. In certain circumstances, the Board may impose conditions or restrictions on a license. For example, some grocery stores have a restricted license allowing the sale of only beer and table wine, and not strong beer or fortified wine. All conditions and restrictions the Board imposes must be listed on the face of the license along with the trade name, address, and expiration date of the license. A licensee must post its license in a conspicuous place on the premises.
A spirits, beer, and wine restaurant license allows the sale of spirits by the drink, beer, and wine. To qualify as a "restaurant," an establishment must be approved by the Board and must be maintained in a substantial manner as a place for preparing, cooking and serving of complete meals. Fry orders and such food as sandwiches, hamburgers, or salads do not constitute complete meals.
A nightclub license also allows the sale of spirits by the drink, beer, and wine. A nightclub is an establishment that provides entertainment and has as its primary source of revenue the sale of alcohol, cover charges, or both, and has an occupancy load of 100 or more persons. Local governments may request the Board to impose restrictions on a nightclub license.
Summary of Bill:
Conditions and restrictions imposed by the Liquor Control Board are no longer required to be listed on the face of the license and may be included in official correspondence. Any additional correspondence with conditions and restrictions must be posted on the premises in addition to the license.
The specification that fry orders, and such food as sandwiches, hamburgers, or salads do not constitute "complete meals" for purposes of qualifying as a restaurant is removed. Instead, the Board must determine requirements for complete meals in rule.
The 100 persons or more occupancy load requirement to qualify for a nightclub license is removed.
Fiscal Note: Not requested.
Effective Date: The bill takes effect 90 days after adjournment of the session in which the bill is passed.