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Allow On And Off Premises Beer Licenses Rural Areas

Concerning the authority of licensing authorities to continue to issue certain fermented malt beverage retail licenses in rural areas.
2019 Regular Session
Business & Economic Development
Liquor, Tobacco, & Marijuana
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Bill Summary

Alcohol beverages - fermented malt beverage licenses - sale for consumption on and off the licensed premises - continued availability in rural areas. Recent legislation (Senate Bill 18-243, concerning the retail sale of alcohol beverages) terminated the licensing of retailers to sell fermented malt beverages (formerly known as "3.2 beer" but now including all beer) for consumption on and off a licensed premises as of June 4, 2018, requiring the holder of such a license to combine its renewal application with an application to convert the license into either a license to sell for consumption on the licensed premises or a license to sell for consumption off the licensed premises.

The act lifts the requirement to convert an existing license and reinstates the availability of new licenses to sell beer for consumption both on and off the licensed premises, in specified areas with low populations.

The act specifies that it applies to license applications filed on or after June 4, 2018.

(Note: This summary applies to this bill as enacted.)


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Bill Text

  • All Versions (7 )
    Date Bill Type Documents
    02/20/2019 Signed Act PDF
    02/11/2019 Final Act PDF
    02/05/2019 Rerevised PDF
    02/04/2019 Revised PDF
    01/23/2019 Reengrossed PDF
    01/22/2019 Engrossed PDF
    01/04/2019 Introduced PDF

The effective date for bills enacted without a safety clause is August 7, 2024, if the General Assembly adjourns sine die on May 8, 2024, unless otherwise specified. Details