senate Bill S6909

Amended

Relates to off-premises beer and wine products sales in premises licensed for on-premises consumption

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  • Introduced
  • In Committee
  • On Floor Calendar
    • Passed Senate
    • Passed Assembly
  • Delivered to Governor
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  • 09 / Apr / 2012
    • REFERRED TO INVESTIGATIONS AND GOVERNMENT OPERATIONS
  • 22 / May / 2012
    • REPORTED AND COMMITTED TO FINANCE
  • 05 / Jun / 2012
    • 1ST REPORT CAL.1067
  • 06 / Jun / 2012
    • 2ND REPORT CAL.
  • 11 / Jun / 2012
    • ADVANCED TO THIRD READING
  • 18 / Jun / 2012
    • AMENDED ON THIRD READING (T) 6909A
  • 21 / Jun / 2012
    • PASSED SENATE
  • 21 / Jun / 2012
    • DELIVERED TO ASSEMBLY
  • 21 / Jun / 2012
    • REFERRED TO CODES

Summary

Relates to off-premises beer and wine products sales in premises licensed for on-premises consumption.

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Bill Details

Versions:
S6909
S6909A
Legislative Cycle:
2011-2012
Current Committee:
Assembly Codes
Law Section:
Alcoholic Beverage Control Law
Laws Affected:
Amd ยงยง100, 106 & 81, ABC L

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BILL NUMBER:S6909

TITLE OF BILL:
An act to amend the alcoholic beverage control law, in relation to off-
premises beer and wine products sales in premises licensed for on-prem-
ises consumption

PURPOSE:
To enable food stores to develop restaurant areas within their stores
where beer and/or wine may be served for on-premises consumption,
subject to the same rules that apply to restaurants and taverns.

SUMMARY OF PROVISIONS:
Section 1 of the bill amends Section 100(2-a) of the ABC Law to allow an
individual holding an on-premises consumption license to follow the same
rules as a food or drug store with respect to employing persons under
the age of 18 to stock shelves; to redeem returnable bottles; and, in
regard to beer and wine coolers sold for off-premises consumption only,
to act as a cashier under direct supervision.

Section 2 of the bill amends Section 106(5) of the ABC Law to provide
that an individual holding an on-premises (restaurant) license may
follow the same hours of operation as food stores in regard to the sale
of beer for off-premises consumption.

Section 3 of the bill amends Section 81(4) of the ABC Law to provide
that the existing authority to take home a partially consumed bottle of
wine from a restaurant shall not apply in the case of food stores which
serve wine on-premises as part of a dining area operated pursuant to an
on-premises license.

JUSTIFICATION:
The food and restaurant industries continue to evolve in New York,
providing consumers with additional options. For example, restaurants
may now sell beer and wine coolers to be taken away from the restaurant
for off-premises consumption. Supermarkets may now apply for and operate
under a restaurant license. Some food stores with pub style eating
facilities have chosen this option. Other supermarkets have developed a
model where they currently hold an on-premises license for their restau-
rant facility and a food store license for their supermarket operation.

This bill will allow food stores in New York to follow a national trend
where upscale food courts are incorporated into the supermarket design.
These new food courts include on-premises serving privileges to comple-
ment the gourmet food being served. While it is currently permissible
for a food store to hold a restaurant license, this situation raises
some unique issues regarding both the hours of operation and the use of
staff under the age of 18 in regard to the facility's grocery oper-
ations. This legislation addresses these issues to allow facilities to
apply for the type of license which best meets their needs.

For example, under an on-premises restaurant license, a restaurant may
not sell alcohol between 4:00 a.m. and 12 noon on Sundays and 4:00 a.m.
to 8:00 a.m. the other days of the week. In comparison, except where
local options limit the hours of sale, food stores may sell beer Monday
through Saturday on a 24/7 basis. On Sundays -- which are now the second
busiest shopping days for supermarkets -- they may begin selling beer
for off-premises consumption at 8:00 a.m. Individuals shopping during
these off hours don't just buy beer, but typically make their full
grocery purchases during these hours. This bill maintains the existing
hour requirements for on-premises sales, but follows the food and drug
store hours for off-premises sales.

Similarly, current law generally prohibits persons under the age of 18
from selling or handling alcoholic beverages, but provides specific
exemptions for employees who stock shelves, redeem bottles and act as a
cashier (under direct supervision) in selling beer and wine coolers for
off-premises consumption. This bill applies these existing provisions to
holders of on-premises licenses.

This bill will encourage new economic development in the state and allow
supermarket operators to pick select sites with the correct demographics
and traffic to open these new upscale food courts.

FISCAL IMPLICATIONS:
None.

LOCAL FISCAL IMPLICATIONS:
None.

EFFECTIVE DATE:
Immediately.

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                    S T A T E   O F   N E W   Y O R K
________________________________________________________________________

                                  6909

                            I N  S E N A T E

                              April 9, 2012
                               ___________

Introduced  by  Sen.  FARLEY -- read twice and ordered printed, and when
  printed to be committed to the Committee on Investigations and Govern-
  ment Operations

AN ACT to amend the alcoholic beverage control law, in relation to  off-
  premises  beer  and  wine  products  sales  in  premises  licensed for
  on-premises consumption

  THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND  ASSEM-
BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS:

  Section  1.  Subdivision  2-a of section 100 of the alcoholic beverage
control law, as amended by chapter 249 of the laws of 2002,  is  amended
to read as follows:
  2-a.  No  retailer  shall  employ,  or permit to be employed, or shall
suffer to work, on any premises licensed for retail sale hereunder,  any
person  under the age of eighteen years, as a hostess, waitress, waiter,
or in any other capacity where the duties  of  such  person  require  or
permit  such  person  to  sell,  dispense or handle alcoholic beverages;
except that: (1) any person under the age of eighteen years and employed
by any person holding a grocery or drug store beer license OR A  LICENSE
TO SELL ALCOHOLIC BEVERAGES FOR ON-PREMISES CONSUMPTION shall be permit-
ted  to  handle  and  deliver  beer and wine products WHICH ARE SOLD FOR
OFF-PREMISES CONSUMPTION for such licensee, (2) any person under the age
of eighteen employed as a cashier by a person holding a grocery or  drug
store beer license OR A LICENSE TO SELL ALCOHOLIC BEVERAGES FOR ON-PREM-
ISES  CONSUMPTION  shall  be permitted to record and receive payment for
beer and wine product sales SOLD FOR OFF-PREMISES  CONSUMPTION  when  in
the  presence  of  and under the direct supervision of a person eighteen
years of age or over, (2-a) any person under the age of  eighteen  years
and  employed  by  a  person  holding a grocery store or drug store beer
license OR  A  LICENSE  TO  SELL  ALCOHOLIC  BEVERAGES  FOR  ON-PREMISES
CONSUMPTION as either a cashier or in any other position to which handl-
ing  of containers which may have held alcoholic beverages is necessary,
shall be permitted to handle the containers if such have been  presented
for redemption in accordance with the provisions of title ten of article
twenty-seven  of  the environmental conservation law, and (3) any person

 EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                      [ ] is old law to be omitted.
                                                           LBD14273-02-2

S. 6909                             2

under the age of eighteen years employed as  a  dishwasher,  busboy,  or
other  such  position  as to which handling of containers which may have
held alcoholic beverages is necessary shall be permitted to do so  under
the  direct  supervision  of a person of legal age to purchase alcoholic
beverages in the state.
  S 2. The opening paragraph of subdivision 5  of  section  106  of  the
alcoholic  beverage control law, as amended by chapter 83 of the laws of
1995, is amended to read as follows:
  No alcoholic beverages shall be sold, offered for sale or  given  away
FOR CONSUMPTION ON THE PREMISES upon any premises licensed to sell alco-
holic  beverages  at  retail  [for  on-premises consumption,] during the
following hours:
  S 3.  Subdivision 4 of section 81 of the  alcoholic  beverage  control
law,  as  amended  by  section  1 of part F of chapter 60 of the laws of
2005, is amended to read as follows:
  4. A restaurant licensed to sell wine under this section may permit  a
patron  to  remove one unsealed bottle of wine for off-premises consump-
tion provided that the patron has  purchased  a  full  course  meal  and
consumed  a  portion of the bottle of wine with such meal on the restau-
rant premises. For the purposes  of  this  subdivision  the  term  "full
course  meal"  shall mean a diversified selection of food which is ordi-
narily consumed with the use of tableware  and  cannot  conveniently  be
consumed  while standing or walking. A partially consumed bottle of wine
that is to be removed from the premises  pursuant  to  this  subdivision
shall  be  securely  sealed  by the licensee or an agent of the licensee
prior to removal from the premises, in a bag such  that  it  is  visibly
apparent  that  such resealed bottle of wine has not been tampered with.
Such licensee or agent of the licensee shall provide a dated receipt for
the bottle of wine to the patron.   THE PROVISIONS OF  THIS  SUBDIVISION
SHALL  NOT  APPLY TO FOOD STORES LICENSED TO PREPARE FOODS UNDER ARTICLE
TWENTY-C OF THE AGRICULTURE AND MARKETS LAW.
  S 4. This act shall take effect immediately.

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