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Title Retail Liquor Stores Additional Licenses
Status Senate Committee on Business, Labor, & Technology Postpone Indefinitely (02/05/2020)
Bill Subjects
  • Liquor, Tobacco, & Marijuana
House Sponsors
Senate Sponsors J. Bridges (D)
House Committee
Senate Committee Business, Labor and Technology
Date Introduced 01/08/2020
Description

Under current law, a retail liquor store licensee that was licensed
on or before January 1, 2016, and is a Colorado resident is permitted to
obtain one additional retail liquor store license on or after January 1,
2017; 2 additional retail liquor store licenses on or after January 1, 2022;
and 3 additional retail liquor store licenses on or after January 1, 2027.
The bill modifies the provisions governing the ability of a retail

liquor store to obtain additional retail liquor store licenses as follows:
  • Retains the ability of a retail liquor store owner that applied
for a license on or before January 1, 2016, to obtain one
additional retail liquor store license on or after January 1,
2017, but removes the requirement that the licensee be a
Colorado resident;
  • On or after the effective date of the bill, mirrors the
multiple license provisions applicable to liquor-licensed
drugstore licenses by allowing a retail liquor store owner to
obtain: A maximum of 5 total retail liquor store licenses
between the effective date of the bill and December 31,
2021; a maximum of 8 total retail liquor store licenses
between January 1, 2022, and December 31, 2026; a
maximum of 13 total retail liquor store licenses between
January 1, 2027, and December 31, 2031; a maximum of
20 total retail liquor store licenses between January 1,
2032, and December 31, 2036; and an unlimited number of
retail liquor store licenses on or after January 1, 2037; and
  • For additional licenses obtained on or after the effective
date of the bill, requires a person seeking additional
licenses to apply to transfer ownership of, change location
of, and merge at least 2 retail liquor store licenses located
within the same local licensing authority jurisdiction as the
applicant's premises into a single retail liquor store license.
Additionally, the bill prohibits a retail liquor store from allowing
customers to use a self-checkout to complete an alcohol beverage
purchase and requires a retail liquor store to:
  • Verify the age of a customer attempting to purchase an
alcohol beverage by examining the customer's valid
identification; and
  • Maintain certification as a responsible alcohol beverage
vendor.
The bill sets state and local application fees for a retail liquor store
licensee applying for a transfer of ownership, change of location, and
merger of 2 retail liquor store licenses.

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