Bill Text - HB1540 (2016)

Relative to direct shipments of beer.


Revision: Dec. 14, 2015, midnight

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HB 1540-FN - AS INTRODUCED

 

2016 SESSION

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\t03/06

 

HOUSE BILL\t1540-FN

 

AN ACT\trelative to direct shipments of beer.

 

SPONSORS:\tRep. Murphy, Hills. 7; Rep. Schroadter, Rock. 17

 

COMMITTEE:\tCommerce and Consumer Affairs

 

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ANALYSIS

 

\tThis bill clarifies direct shipper laws as they relate to shipments of beer.

 

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\t\tMatter which is either (a) all new or (b) repealed and reenacted appears in regular type.

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STATE OF NEW HAMPSHIRE

 

In the Year of Our Lord Two Thousand Sixteen

 

AN ACT\trelative to direct shipments of beer.

 

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

 

\t1  Direct Shippers; Beer and Beverage.  Amend RSA 178:27, III-IV to read as follows:

\t\tIII.  Except with written permission of the commission, no direct shipper shall ship more than 60 individual containers of not more than one liter each of liquor and not more than 12 - 9 liter cases or equivalent of wine to any one consumer in New Hampshire in any calendar year.  The commission shall only grant permission for additional shipments if the additional shipments are of products not otherwise available in New Hampshire.  Furthermore, in the event any direct shipper wishes to ship more than a total of 600 liters of any particular liquor or wine directly to any combination of licensees and/or consumers in New Hampshire, the shipper shall offer to sell a matching amount to the commission [or beer distributor] at the lower of the wholesale price or the lowest price delivered into New Hampshire.  If a direct shipper wishes to ship more than a total of 20 barrels of any particular beer directly to any combination of licensees and/or consumers in New Hampshire, the shipper shall offer to sell a matching amount to a wholesale distributor at the lower of the wholesale price or the lowest price delivered into New Hampshire.  A licensee may purchase from a direct shipper pursuant to RSA 179:32, III.

\t\tIV.  No direct shipper shall ship more than 27 gallons of beer or beverage in individual containers of not more than one liter to any consumer's address in New Hampshire in any calendar year.  No direct shipper shall ship beer or beverage that is available from a wholesale distributor to a New Hampshire licensee.

\t2  Fees; Direct Shippers.  Amend RSA 178:29, V-b(a) to read as follows:

\t\tV-b.(a)  Annual direct shipper permit fees:

\t\t\t\t(1)  Wine manufacturers or beverage manufacturers, $100.

\t\t\t\t(2)  Importers, retailers, and wholesalers, $500.

\t3  Effective Date.  This act shall take effect July 1, 2016.

 

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HB 1540-FN- FISCAL NOTE

 

AN ACT\trelative to direct shipments of beer.

 

 

FISCAL IMPACT:

The New Hampshire State Liquor Commission states this bill, as introduced, will have an indeterminable fiscal impact on state revenue and expenditures in FY 2017 and each year thereafter.  There will be no impact on county or local expenditures or revenue.

 

METHODOLOGY:

The Liquor Commission states the existing audit and tax collection staff may be able handle the additional work generated by the bill, but one additional staff member may be needed to perform data entry related to documenting direct shipment of beer in FY 2018 and beyond.  The Commission indicates the impact the bill may have on revenue and administrative costs cannot be determined.

 

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