HB279 (2024) Detail

Increasing the penalty for on-premises licensees overserving alcohol.


HB 279-FN - AS AMENDED BY THE HOUSE

 

3Jan2024... 2421h

2023 SESSION

23-0004

08/04

 

HOUSE BILL 279-FN

 

AN ACT increasing the penalty for on-premises licensees overserving alcohol.  

 

SPONSORS: Rep. Mooney, Hills. 12; Rep. Adjutant, Graf. 16; Rep. M. Cahill, Rock. 10; Rep. Dutzy, Hills. 6

 

COMMITTEE: Commerce and Consumer Affairs

 

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ANALYSIS

 

This bill increases the penalty for on-premises licensees overserving alcohol.

 

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Matter which is either (a) all new or (b) repealed and reenacted appears in regular type.

3Jan2024... 2421h 23-0004

08/04

 

STATE OF NEW HAMPSHIRE

 

In the Year of Our Lord Two Thousand Twenty Three

 

AN ACT increasing the penalty for on-premises licensees overserving alcohol.  

 

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

 

1  New Paragraphs; Prohibited Sales; Serving of Intoxicated Persons; Penalties In Cases of Injury or Death.  Amend RSA 179:5 by inserting after paragraph I the following new paragraphs:

I-a.  A licensee that violates paragraph I by serving an individual who is visibly intoxicated or who a reasonable and prudent person would know is intoxicated, and such intoxicated person directly causes the serious bodily injury or death of a person or persons shall be subject to the following minimum penalties:

(a)  For the first offense, subject to the limitations of RSA 179:57, I, a suspension of up to 30 days provided that the suspension cannot exceed 10 days if the person in charge, managers security staff, servers, and clerks have completed liquor commission training within 24 months before the date of violation; fine of $7,500;

(b)  For the second offense within 7 years of the first offense, a license suspension of a minimum of 15 days and a maximum of 30 days; fine of $7,500; and

(c)  For the third offense within 7 years of the second offense, the license shall be revoked by the commission.

I-b.  During the period of the license suspension, the licensee shall post a suspension notice distributed and prepared by the commission, on the exterior doors of the premises facing the public and on the public Internet website, if applicable, the suspension notice shall include the following language, "Liquor license suspended by the New Hampshire Liquor Commission for overserving of alcohol in accordance with RSA 179:5"

2  Suspension or Revocation; Administrative Fines.  Amend RSA 179:57, I(e) to read as follows:

(e)  Otherwise fails to carry out in good faith the purposes of this title or if the premises are regularly the site of violence, the license of such licensee may be suspended or revoked after notice and hearing, in accordance with RSA 541-A:31-36.  Notwithstanding any other provisions of this chapter, the commission after the appropriate hearing may impose a fine of a specific sum, which shall not be less than $100 nor more than [$5,000] $7,500 for any one offense.  Such a fine may be imposed instead of, or in addition to, any suspension or revocation of a license by the commission.

3  Effective Date.  This act shall take effect 60 days after its passage.

 

LBA

23-0004

Amended 1/19/24

 

HB 279-FN- FISCAL NOTE

AS AMENDED BY THE HOUSE (AMENDMENT #2023-2421h)

 

AN ACT increasing the penalty for on-premises licensees overserving alcohol.  

 

FISCAL IMPACT:

The Legislative Budget Assistant has determined that this legislation, as amended, has a total fiscal impact of less than $10,000 in each of the fiscal years 2024 through 2027.

 

AGENCIES CONTACTED:

Liquor Commission

 

Amendments

Date Amendment
Nov. 17, 2023 2023-2421h

Links


Date Body Type
Jan. 25, 2023 House Hearing
Jan. 25, 2023 House Hearing
Feb. 2, 2023 House Exec Session
Feb. 15, 2023 House Exec Session
Nov. 7, 2023 House Exec Session
Nov. 7, 2023 House Exec Session
Nov. 15, 2023 House Exec Session
Nov. 8, 2023 House Floor Vote
Jan. 24, 2024 House Hearing
Jan. 24, 2024 House Exec Session
Jan. 24, 2024 House Floor Vote
April 16, 2024 Senate Hearing

Bill Text Revisions

HB279 Revision: 40552 Date: Jan. 19, 2024, 10:08 a.m.
HB279 Revision: 39469 Date: Nov. 17, 2023, 2:44 p.m.
HB279 Revision: 37166 Date: Jan. 9, 2023, 9:46 a.m.

Docket


April 9, 2024: Hearing: 04/16/2024, Room 100, SH, 10:20 am; SC 15


Feb. 16, 2024: Introduced 02/15/2024 and Referred to Commerce; SJ 5


Feb. 8, 2024: Ought to Pass: MA VV 02/08/2024 HJ 4 P. 3


Jan. 30, 2024: Committee Report: Ought to Pass 01/24/2024 (Vote 18-0; CC)


Jan. 29, 2024: Executive Session: 01/24/2024 09:30 am LOB 202-204


Jan. 9, 2024: Public Hearing: 01/24/2024 09:30 am LOB 202-204


Jan. 3, 2024: Referred to Criminal Justice and Public Safety 01/03/2024 HJ 1 P. 35


Jan. 3, 2024: Ought to Pass with Amendment 2023-2421h: MA VV 01/03/2024 HJ 1 P. 35


Jan. 3, 2024: Amendment # 2023-2421h: AA VV 01/03/2024 HJ 1 P. 35


Nov. 17, 2023: Committee Report: Ought to Pass with Amendment # 2023-2421h 11/08/2023 (Vote 19-0; CC) HC 49 P. 4


Nov. 8, 2023: ==CANCELLED== Executive Session: 11/15/2023 11:00 am LOB 302-304 HC 42


Oct. 17, 2023: ==RECESSED== Executive Session: 11/08/2023 01:30 pm LOB 302-304 HC 42


Oct. 17, 2023: Executive Session: 11/07/2023 01:30 pm LOB 302-304


Oct. 17, 2023: Subcommittee Work Session: 11/08/2023 11:30 am LOB 302-304 HC 42


Oct. 4, 2023: Subcommittee Work Session: 10/17/2023 01:15 pm LOB 302-304 HC 40


Feb. 15, 2023: Retained in Committee


Feb. 9, 2023: Executive Session: 02/15/2023 01:15 pm LOB 302-304


Feb. 8, 2023: Full Committee Work Session: 02/15/2023 10:00 pm LOB 302-304


Jan. 26, 2023: Executive Session: 02/02/2023 01:30 pm LOB 302-304


Jan. 25, 2023: Subcommittee Work Session: 02/01/2023 10:00 am LOB 302-304


Jan. 19, 2023: Public Hearing: 01/25/2023 09:30 am LOB 302-304


Jan. 18, 2023: Public Hearing: 01/25/2023 09:00 am LOB 302-304


Jan. 9, 2023: Introduced (in recess of) 01/05/2023 and referred to Commerce and Consumer Affairs HJ 3 P. 9