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Senate Bill 16-197: Changes to Retail Liquor Sales (2016)

Liquor, Tobacco, & Marijuana
Fiscal Policy & Taxes

Senate Bill 16-197, signed into law on June 10, 2016, makes significant changes to laws regulating the retail sale of fermented malt beverages (3.2 percent alcohol by weight beer, commonly known as 3.2 beer), full-strength beer, wine, and spirits for off-premises consumption. This issue brief outlines the changes made by the bill.

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