Maine LD 684: An Act To Amend the Authorized Hours during Which Liquor May Be Sold and Purchased

LD 684 (subjects: ALCOHOLIC BEVERAGES , LIQUOR SALES )

Official bill page at mainelegislature.org: http://www.mainelegislature.org/legis/bills/display_ps.asp?ld=684&PID=1456&snum=127


Sponsors | Actions | Bill Text & Amendments | Patterns of Support


Sponsors

Principal Sponsor: Rep. Jonathan Kinney of Limington: (R – District 22) — e-mail | Twitter

7 Cosponsors:

Actions

Chamber

Action
3/3/2015 House Committee on Veterans and Legal Affairs suggested and ordered printed.
The Bill was REFERRED to the Committee on VETERANS AND LEGAL AFFAIRS.
Sent for concurrence. ORDERED SENT FORTHWITH.
3/5/2015 Senate On motion by Senator Cyrway of Kennebec, REFERRED to the Committee on Veterans and Legal Affairs, in concurrence.
4/9/2015 House Reports READ.
On motion of Representative LUCHINI of Ellsworth, the Majority Ought to Pass as Amended Report was ACCEPTED.
The Bill was READ ONCE.
Committee Amendment “A” (H-60) was READ and ADOPTED.
TOMORROW ASSIGNED FOR SECOND READING.
4/14/2015 House Committee on Bills in the Second Reading Reports no further verbal amendments necessary Representative McLEAN of Gorham, Chair, House of Representatives Report Accepted.

READ the Second Time.
The Bill was PASSED TO BE ENGROSSED as Amended by Committee Amendment “A” (H-60).
Sent for concurrence. ORDERED SENT FORTHWITH.
4/16/2015 Senate Reports READ
On motion by Senator CYRWAY of Kennebec Tabled until Later in Today’s Session, pending ACCEPTANCE of ACCEPTANCE OF EITHER REPORT
Unfinished Business
4/21/2015 Senate Taken from the table by the President
Subsequently, On motion by Senator CYRWAY of Kennebec the Majority Ought to Pass As Amended by Committee Amendment “A” (H-60) Report ACCEPTED , in concurrence.
READ ONCE
Committee Amendment “A” (H-60) READ and ADOPTED , in concurrence.
Assigned for Second Reading next Legislative Day
4/23/2015 Senate COMMITTEE ON BILLS IN THE SECOND READING REPORTS NO FURTHER VERBAL AMENDMENTS NECESSARY, Senator Saviello, Senate Chair. REPORT ACCEPTED.
READ A SECOND TIME and PASSED TO BE ENGROSSED AS AMENDED BY Committee Amendment “A” (H-60), in concurrence.
Ordered sent down forthwith.
4/28/2015 House PASSED TO BE ENACTED.
Sent for concurrence. ORDERED SENT FORTHWITH.
4/29/2015 Senate PASSED TO BE ENACTED, in concurrence.

Bill Text & Amendments

Important Note: The bill text below presents L.D. 684 as originally introduced. L.D. 684 was changed by the legislature through amendment. To understand the impact of this legislation in proper context, be sure to read adopted amendment text, available here: C-A (H-60) .

An Act To Amend the Authorized Hours during Which Liquor May Be Sold and Purchased

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

Sec. 1. 28-A MRSA 4, sub- 1, as amended by PL 2013, c. 476, Pt. A, 5, is further amended to read:

1. Hours for sale of liquor. Except as provided in paragraphs A to B and D, licensees may sell or deliver liquor from 5 a.m. on any day until 1 a.m. of the following day.

A. Licensees may not sell liquor on Sunday between the hours of 5 a.m. and 9 a.m., except on March 17th, when a licensee may sell liquor beginning at 6 a.m.
B. Licensees may sell liquor on January 1st of any year from 12 midnight to 2 a.m.

(1) In areas in which liquor may be sold except on Sundays, if January 1st falls on a Monday, licensees may sell or deliver liquor between 9 p.m. Sunday, December 31st and 2 a.m. January 1st, notwithstanding any local option decisions to the contrary.

D. Wholesale licensees may sell or deliver liquor to licensed establishments from 4 a.m. on any day until 1 a.m. the following day.

Sec. 2. 28-A MRSA 4, sub- 5 and 6, as enacted by PL 1987, c. 45, Pt. A, 4, are repealed.

Sec. 3. 28-A MRSA 353, as amended by PL 2013, c. 476, Pt. A, 14 and affected by 36, is further amended to read:

353. Business hours

Agency liquor stores may be open for the sale and delivery of spirits and fortified wine between the hours of 6 5 a.m. and 1 a.m. in municipalities and unincorporated places that have voted in favor of the operation of agency liquor stores under local option provisions. Notwithstanding any local option decisions to the contrary, agency liquor stores may be open from 9 5 a.m. Sunday to 1 a.m. the next day.

Sec. 4. 28-A MRSA 353-A, as enacted by PL 2013, c. 476, Pt. B, 1 and affected by 6, is amended to read:

353-A. Business hours

Agency liquor stores may be open for the sale and delivery of spirits as provided in section 4, subsection 1 in municipalities and unincorporated places that have voted in favor of the operation of agency liquor stores under local option provisions. Notwithstanding any local option decisions to the contrary and except as provided by section 4, subsection 1, paragraph A, agency liquor stores may be open from 9 5 a.m. Sunday to 1 a.m. the following day.

Sec. 5. 28-A MRSA 1077, sub- 2, C, as amended by PL 1997, c. 656, 3, is further amended to read:

C. A vessel licensed to sell liquor under this section may sell liquor on Sundays only between the hours of 9:00 5 a.m. and midnight on inland waters and when operated within the 3-mile limit on coastal waters.

Sec. 6. 28-A MRSA 1355-A, sub- 2, E, as enacted by PL 2011, c. 629, 22, is amended to read:

E. A licensee may serve complimentary samples of liquor on Sunday after the hour of 9 5 a.m. and may sell liquor on Sunday after the hour of 9 5 a.m. if the municipality in which the licensed premises is located has authorized the sale of liquor on Sunday for consumption off the premises under chapter 5.

summary

This bill allows a holder of a liquor license to sell or deliver liquor from 5 a.m. on any day until 1 a.m. of the following day except in those areas in which liquor may not be sold on Sundays. The bill also amends sections of law that deal with the sale of liquor on Sundays to reflect this change.

Patterns of Support

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