Maine LD 1289: An Act To Allow Retail Liquor Licensees To Sell Alcoholic Beverages for On-premises and Off-premises Consumption at One Location

LD 1289 (subjects: ALCOHOLIC BEVERAGES , LICENSING )

Official bill page at mainelegislature.org: http://www.mainelegislature.org/legis/bills/display_ps.asp?ld=1289&PID=1456&snum=127


Sponsors | Actions | Bill Text | Patterns of Support


Sponsors

Principal Sponsor: Sen. Eric Brakey of Androscoggin: (R – District 20) — e-mail | Twitter | Facebook

8 Cosponsors:

Actions

Chamber

Action
4/9/2015 Senate Committee on VETERANS AND LEGAL AFFAIRS
suggested and ordered printed
On motion by Senator Cyrway of Kennebec REFERRED to the Committee on VETERANS AND LEGAL AFFAIRS
Ordered sent down forthwith for concurrence.
4/9/2015 House Bill REFERRED to the Committee on VETERANS AND LEGAL AFFAIRS.
In concurrence. ORDERED SENT FORTHWITH.
6/2/2015 Senate Reports READ.
On motion by Senator CYRWAY of Kennebec the Majority Ought Not to Pass Report ACCEPTED.

Roll Call Ordered Roll Call # 124 25 Yeas – 8 Nays- 2 Excused – 0 Absent PREVAILED
Ordered sent down forthwith for concurrence.
6/3/2015 House Reports READ.
On motion of Representative LUCHINI of Ellsworth, the Majority Ought Not to Pass Report was ACCEPTED.
In concurrence. ORDERED SENT FORTHWITH.
Placed in the Legislative Files. (DEAD)

Bill Text

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An Act To Allow Retail Liquor Licensees To Sell Alcoholic Beverages for On-premises and Off-premises Consumption at One Location

Be it enacted by the People of the State of Maine as follows:

Sec. 1. 28-A MRSA 10, as amended by PL 2013, c. 344, 1, is further amended to read:

10. Class A restaurant and off-premise retail licensee on same premises

1. Class A restaurant or restaurant and off-premise retail licensee on same premises not prohibited. If a portion of premises is licensed as an off-premise retail licensee, no provision within this Title may be construed to prohibit issuance of a Class III or Class IV license to the same licensee for a restaurant or Class A restaurant for the remaining portion of the premises, as long as necessary qualifications are maintained for each separately licensed area license.
2. Access between the 2 licensed areas. There may be access between the 2 licensed areas for the licensee or the licensee’s employees if it is through areas open only to the licensee or the employees. There must be complete nonaccess between the 2 licensed areas by the public.
2-A. Access exception. Notwithstanding subsection 2, there may be access between the 2 licensed areas by the public as provided by this subsection.

A. There may be access between the 2 licensed areas when there is a clear delineation of space, by a wall or permanent barrier that separates the 2 licensed areas and allows only one clearly defined and controlled point of access for patrons between the licensed establishments. The controlled point of access is not required to include a door that must be physically opened and closed.
B. When access between the 2 licensed areas exists for patrons of either establishment, all malt liquor and wine sold for on-premises consumption must be served by an employee of the licensed establishment and may be served only when accompanying a full meal prepared in a separate and complete kitchen on the premises. For the purposes of this paragraph, “full meal” means a diversified selection of food that cannot ordinarily be consumed without the use of tableware and cannot be conveniently consumed while standing or walking.
C. Malt liquor or wine sold or served on the premises may not be transported by a patron or employee of either establishment from one licensed area to another. The licensee shall ensure that easily readable signs are conspicuously posted to inform the public that transfer of alcoholic beverages from one licensed area to another is strictly prohibited.

This subsection is repealed September 30, 2015.

2-B. Access exception. Notwithstanding subsection 2, premises licensed as an off-premise retail licensee may also be licensed as a Class III licensee, Class IV licensee or Class A restaurant as long as alcoholic beverages served or sold as individual servings for on-premises consumption are served by an employee of the Class III, Class IV or Class A restaurant licensee.
3. Licensee to maintain separate records, supplies and inventory. The licensee shall maintain records within each separate licensed establishment in accordance with the appropriate license privilege authorized for each separate area. The licensee shall maintain supplies and inventory separately in accordance with the appropriate license privilege either in each separate licensed establishment or, with prior approval of the bureau, in one storage area on the premises with appropriate separation of the supplies and inventory.
4. Application. This section does not apply to a dual license holder licensed under section 1208.

Sec. 2. 28-A MRSA 1206, as amended by PL 2011, c. 629, 20, is further amended to read:

1206. Consumption prohibited on off-premises retail premises

A person may not consume liquor on the premises of an off-premise retail licensee licensed under this chapter except as provided in sections 460, 1205, 1207, 1208, 1402-A and 1504.

Sec. 3. 28-A MRSA 1208, as reallocated by PL 2009, c. 510, 7, is repealed.

summary

This bill provides that a retail establishment licensed to sell alcoholic beverages for off-premises consumption may also be licensed as a Class A restaurant or an establishment licensed to sell beer and wine for consumption on the premises as long as alcoholic beverages are served as individual servings by an employee of the on-premises establishment. This bill repeals the existing dual liquor license provision in law.

Patterns of Support

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