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Penalties For Liquor Law Violations

Concerning fines levied by a licensing authority for violations of laws related to alcohol beverages.
2020 Regular Session
Liquor, Tobacco, & Marijuana
Bill Summary

Currently, the state or a local licensing authority may suspend or revoke a licensee's license or permit for the licensee's violation of a law related to the regulation of alcohol beverages. The licensee may choose to pay a fine instead of the revocation or suspension.

The act:

  • Authorizes the state and local licensing authorities to fine the licensee initially;
  • Increases the potential fine for violations related to alcohol beverages from between $200 and $5,000 to between $500 and $100,000; and
  • Requires the manner in which licensees pay fines to the state licensing authority to be determined by the state licensing authority.
    (Note: This summary applies to this bill as enacted.)


Became Law


Bill Text


Sponsor Type Legislators
Prime Sponsor

Sen. C. Holbert, Sen. A. Williams
Rep. M. Snyder



Sen. K. Priola, Sen. J. Tate
Rep. L. Herod

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