Bill Text - HB114 (2016)

(Second New Title) establishing beer specialty licenses and relative to rectifiers.

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AN ACT\testablishing beer specialty licenses and relative to rectifiers.


SPONSORS:\tRep. Murphy, Hills 7


COMMITTEE:\tCommerce and Consumer Affairs






\tThis bill establishes beer specialty licenses for retail sales at eligible outlets for off-premises consumption.  This bill also allows rectifiers to purchase beer and wine for the aging, blending, and bottling of liquor.


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Explanation:\tMatter added to current law appears in bold italics.

\t\tMatter removed from current law appears [in brackets and struckthrough.]

\t\tMatter which is either (a) all new or (b) repealed and reenacted appears in regular type.



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In the Year of Our Lord Two Thousand Sixteen


AN ACT\testablishing beer specialty licenses and relative to rectifiers.


Be it Enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives in General Court convened:


\t1  New Section; Beer Specialty License.  Amend RSA 178 by inserting after section 19-c the following new section:

\t178:19-d  Beer Specialty License.

\t\tI.  A beer specialty license may be issued by the commission to any person operating a retail outlet in this state the primary business of which is the sale of beer as defined in RSA 175:1.  A beer specialty license shall allow the licensee to sell beverage, wine, and tobacco products directly to individuals at retail on the premises for consumption off the premises; beer may be sold in such barrels, bottles, or other containers as the commission may by rule prescribe.

\t\tII.  Beer specialty licensees shall maintain an inventory of 500 or more selection of beer labels.

\t\tIII.  Beer specialty licensees shall maintain an inventory of food and nonalcoholic beverages which are readily available to the public, the wholesale value of which shall not be less than $1,000.

\t\tIV.  The commission may establish restrictions on the number of beer specialty licenses held by any person.

\t\tV.  All sales of beer and tobacco products shall be recorded on cash registers.  No additional registers shall be added during the remainder of the year without prior approval of the commission.  No rebate shall be allowed for cash registers discontinued during the license year.

\t\tVI.  The commission may suspend the tobacco or alcohol sales portion of the license separately under the provisions of RSA 179:57.

\t2  New Subparagraph; Fees.  Amend RSA 178:29, II by inserting after subparagraph (c) the following new subparagraph:

\t\t\t(d)  Beer specialty:

\t\t\t\t(1)  1 register $480

\t\t\t\t(2)  2-3 registers $660

\t\t\t\t(3)  4 or more registers $876

\t3  Rectifier License; Purchases.  Amend RSA 178:7, I to read as follows:

\t\tI.  A rectifier licensee may age, blend, and bottle liquor at its premises, may purchase beer, wine, or liquor from sources both inside and outside this state for such aging, blending, and bottling, and may sell the liquor it produces to the commission for resale in this state.

\t4  Effective Date.  This act shall take effect July 1, 2016.