HB 405-FN - AS INTRODUCED
HOUSE BILL 405-FN
SPONSORS: Rep. Williams, Hills. 4; Rep. Conley, Straf. 13
COMMITTEE: Commerce and Consumer Affairs
This bill authorizes the sale of beer in refillable containers.
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Explanation: Matter added to current law appears in bold italics.
Matter removed from current law appears [in brackets and struckthrough.]
Matter which is either (a) all new or (b) repealed and reenacted appears in regular type.
STATE OF NEW HAMPSHIRE
In the Year of Our Lord Two Thousand Nineteen
Be it Enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives in General Court convened:
LXXI. “Standard refillable beer container” means a 64-ounce amber glass container meeting the specifications established by the commission.
178:32 Refillable Beer Container Licenses.
I. An on-premises or off-premises licensee maintaining an inventory of at least 200 different beer labels and paying an additional fee of $240 shall be issued a refillable beer container license authorizing the licensee to fill standard refillable containers in accordance with this section.
II. The licensee shall attend a training program approved by the commission within 45 calendar days of the training program’s availability. The training program shall include instructions in the sales, inspection, cleaning, and filling of standard refillable beer containers and sanitation standards for tap lines and equipment.
III. Off-premises licensees shall comply with the following:
(a) The licensee shall designate an area of the premises where at least 3 filling stations shall be permanently installed.
(b) The designated area shall be separated from customers by a counter or other barrier.
(c) Containers may only be filled by the licensee and the licensee’s employees.
IV. If the commission notifies the licensee that a manufacturer objects to sales of its products in refillable containers, the licensee shall not fill any container with beer manufactured by that manufacturer.
V. The licensee may fill only standard refillable beer containers and only during hours established by the commission in rules adopted pursuant to RSA 541-A. The licensee shall comply with sanitation standards for tap lines and containers, if established by the commission in rules.
VI. An open-evident seal or closed package shall be applied by the licensee to the standard refillable beer container after filling.
I-a. The commission shall establish specifications for standard refillable beer containers. Specifications shall include:
(a) Placement of a rectangular label of indelible white material so that the product and the licensee making the fill may be identified with erasable marker.
(b) Placement of a label containing alcohol consumption warnings, cleaning instructions, a New Hampshire logo design, and information to help locate New Hampshire brewers.
HB 405-FN- FISCAL NOTE
FISCAL IMPACT: [ X ] State [ ] County [ ] Local [ ] None
Estimated Increase / (Decrease)
[ ] General [ ] Education [ ] Highway [ X ] Other - Liquor Fund
This bill authorizes the sale of beer in refillable containers. The bill would make all 2,700 on-premise and off-premise licensees eligible to apply for the annual license at a cost of $240. To be eligible licensees would be required to carry 200 or more labels. The Commission is not able to determine how many licensees would apply for the license, therefore the amount of additional revenue cannot be determined. The Commission assumes it would incur additional costs to:
It is not clear to the Commission if it would be responsible for creating seals or packaging for refilling or who would provide the required labeling.
|Jan. 3, 2019||Introduced 01/03/2019 and referred to Commerce and Consumer Affairs HJ 3 P. 13|
|Feb. 20, 2019||Public Hearing: 02/20/2019 10:00 am LOB 302|
|Feb. 21, 2019||Subcommittee Work Session: 02/21/2019 09:30 am LOB 302|
|Feb. 21, 2019||==RECESSED== Executive Session: 02/21/2019 02:00 pm LOB 302|
|March 5, 2019||Subcommittee Work Session: 03/05/2019 08:30 am LOB 302|
|March 8, 2019||==CONTINUED== Executive Session: 03/08/2019 01:30 pm LOB 302-304|
|March 11, 2019||Subcommittee Work Session: 03/11/2019 09:30 am LOB 302|
|Retained in Committee|
|June 25, 2019||Full Committee Work Session: 06/25/2019 10:00 am LOB 302|
|Feb. 20, 2019||House||Hearing|
|Feb. 21, 2019||House||Exec Session|
|March 8, 2019||House||Exec Session|