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Bill Detail: HB22-1417

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Title Alcohol Beverages Task Force And Retailer Licenses
Status Senate Second Reading Special Order - Laid Over Daily with Amendments - Floor (05/10/2022)
Bill Subjects
  • Liquor, Tobacco, & Marijuana
House Sponsors C. Larson (R)
D. Roberts (D)
Senate Sponsors R. Rodriguez (D)
House Committee Business Affairs and Labor
Senate Committee Finance
Date Introduced 05/02/2022
Summary

The bill creates a task force in the department of revenue to study
the regulation of alcohol beverages. The task force is required to review
the current statutes regulating alcohol beverages and make
recommendations concerning how to modernize, clarify, and harmonize
the statutes. The task force is required to report its findings to the general
assembly by December 1, 2023.
The bill modifies laws governing the licensure of retail liquor
stores and liquor-licensed drugstores and creates the new
beer-and-wine-licensed grocery store license.
With regard to retail liquor store licenses, the bill:
  • Removes the requirement that a new retail liquor store must
be located a certain distance from an existing
liquor-licensed drugstore;
  • Expands the minimum distance between a new retail liquor
store and other existing retail liquor stores from 1,500 feet
to 3,000 feet;
  • Effective January 1, 2024, removes the requirement that
only an employee of the retail liquor store may deliver
alcohol beverages and instead allows delivery by any
person who is authorized by the retail liquor store, subject
to specified requirements including that the licensee or the
authorized deliverer obtain a delivery permit from the state
licensing authority and other requirements specified in state
licensing authority rules; and
  • Increases the maximum number of retail liquor store
licenses that a person may own.
With regard to liquor-licensed drugstore licenses, the bill:
  • Prohibits the state and local licensing authorities from
issuing new liquor-licensed drugstore licenses after the date
the bill takes effect and repeals provisions related to the
ability of liquor-licensed drugstore licensees to obtain
additional licenses;
  • Allows a liquor-licensed drugstore licensed before January
1, 2022, to continue to renew the licensee's license, unless
the license has converted to a beer-and-wine-licensed
grocery store license;
  • On January 1, 2026, converts every liquor-licensed
drugstore license in effect on that date to a
beer-and-wine-licensed grocery store license, unless the
licensee chooses to remain a liquor-licensed drugstore, and
eliminates the ability of those licensees that convert to a
beer-and-wine-licensed grocery store license to sell
spirituous liquors; and
  • Effective January 1, 2024, removes the requirement that
only an employee of the liquor-licensed drugstore may
deliver alcohol beverages and instead allows delivery by
any person who is authorized by the liquor-licensed
drugstore, subject to specified requirements including that
the licensee or the authorized deliverer obtain a delivery
permit from the state licensing authority and other
requirements specified in state licensing authority rules.
With regard to beer-and-wine-licensed grocery store licenses, the
bill:
  • Creates the new license, available on or after January 1,
2026, with requirements similar to the requirements
applicable to liquor-licensed drugstores, to permit a grocery
store that obtains the license to sell beer and wine only;
  • Specifies that a beer-and-wine-licensed grocery store
cannot be located within 1,500 feet of a retail liquor store;
  • Allows a beer-and-wine-licensed grocery store to deliver
beer and wine to its customers under the same requirements
applicable to retail liquor stores and liquor-licensed
drugstores;
  • Allows a beer-and-wine grocery store to own multiple
stores as follows: On and after January 1, 2026, and before
January 1, 2027, a maximum of 8 stores; on and after
January 1, 2027, and before January 1, 2032, a maximum
of 13 stores; on and after January 1, 2032, and before
January 1, 2037, a maximum of 20 stores; and on and after
January 1, 2037, an unlimited number of additional stores;
  • Allows a licensee licensed as a liquor-licensed drugstore on
December 31, 2025, whose license converted to a
beer-and-wine-licensed grocery store license on January 1,
2026, to transfer any spirituous liquors in its possession to
a licensee authorized to sell spirituous liquors but prohibits
the licensee from selling spirituous liquors;
  • Permits a beer-and-wine-licensed grocery store to offer
tastings on the licensed premises if authorized by the local
licensing authority; and
  • Defines grocery store as an establishment that generates
at least 20% of its gross annual income from the sale of
food items.

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