senate Bill S3470

Authorizes automobile racing facilities to sell alcoholic beverages between the hours of 8:00 a.m. and noon on Sundays

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Bill Status


  • Introduced
  • In Committee
  • On Floor Calendar
    • Passed Senate
    • Passed Assembly
  • Delivered to Governor
  • Signed/Vetoed by Governor
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  • 04 / Feb / 2013
    • REFERRED TO INVESTIGATIONS AND GOVERNMENT OPERATIONS
  • 08 / Jan / 2014
    • REFERRED TO INVESTIGATIONS AND GOVERNMENT OPERATIONS
  • 02 / Jun / 2014
    • 1ST REPORT CAL.1092
  • 03 / Jun / 2014
    • 2ND REPORT CAL.
  • 09 / Jun / 2014
    • ADVANCED TO THIRD READING
  • 20 / Jun / 2014
    • COMMITTED TO RULES

Summary

Authorizes automobile racing facilities to sell alcoholic beverages between the hours of 8:00 a.m. and noon on Sundays.

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Bill Details

Versions:
S3470
Legislative Cycle:
2013-2014
Current Committee:
Senate Rules
Law Section:
Alcoholic Beverage Control Law
Laws Affected:
Amd ยงยง3 & 106, ABC L
Versions Introduced in 2011-2012 Legislative Cycle:
S4795

Votes

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Sponsor Memo

BILL NUMBER:S3470

TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the alcoholic beverage control law, in
relation to automobile racing facilities

PURPOSE: This bill would allow automobile racing facilities to sell
alcoholic beverages between 8:00 AM and noon on Sunday.

SUMMARY OF PROVISIONS: Amends Section 3 of the alcohol beverage
control law to add the definition of an "automobile racing facility".
Amends subdivision 2 to exclude automobile racing facilities from the
governing hours of sale for restaurants, taverns and other on-premises
establishments and adds a new subdivision 5-a to Section 106 of the
alcoholic beverage control law which provides for the hours during
which alcoholic beverages may be sold at automobile racing facilities.

EXISTING LAW: The hour of sale of alcoholic beverages at automobile
racing facilities are currently governed by the hours of sale for
retailers licensed to sell alcoholic beverages for consumption
on-premises. Current law prohibits the sale of alcoholic beverages at
any on-premises location, including automobile racing facilities, on
Sunday between 4:00 AM and noon and on all other days between 4:00 AM
and 8:00 AM.

JUSTIFICATION: Since the repeal of Prohibition, on-premises alcoholic
beverage licenses have been prohibited from selling alcohol on Sunday
before noon. A similar restriction on off-premises grocery, beer and
wine products licensees was relaxed in 2006 to allow for the sale of
alcoholic beverages by these licensees as early as 8:00 AM on Sundays
in recognition of the changing times and habits of the populace.

Automobile racing facilities and the members of the public attending
such events have changed over time as well. Watkins Glen
International, the only automobile racing facility that will qualify
for expanded hours of sale under this bill, serves as a vehicle for
tourism and economic development in the Southern Tier of New York.
During most of the races the average fan stays in the region for 3.5
days helping boost the local economy. Most of their events take place
over weekends. Attendees at the events often camp on site bringing
with them food and beverage purchased off the premises. Existing law
allows them to purchase alcohol at off-premises locations between 8:00
AM and noon on Sundays, but then they cannot legally consume those
beverages on site due to current restrictions. This bill will
eliminate that problem making it easier for the automobile racing fans
to enjoy their experience while being compliant with the law. While
this bill expands the ability of automobile racing facilities to serve
on Sundays, it still prevents alcoholic beverage sales between 3:00 AM
and 8:00 AM.

LEGISLATIVE HISTORY: None

FISCAL IMPLICATIONS: None

EFFECTIVE DATE: Immediately


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

                                  3470

                       2013-2014 Regular Sessions

                            I N  S E N A T E

                            February 4, 2013
                               ___________

Introduced  by  Sen.  O'MARA -- 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 auto-
  mobile racing facilities

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

  Section 1.  Section 3 of the alcoholic beverage control law is amended
by adding a new subdivision 20-f to read as follows:
  20-F. "AUTOMOBILE RACING FACILITY" MEANS ANY CLOSED-COURSE MOTORSPORTS
COMPLEX AND ITS ANCILLARY GROUNDS THAT HAS AT LEAST FIFTY THOUSAND FIXED
SEATS  FOR  RACE PATRONS AND HOSTS AT LEAST ONE NASCAR SPRINT CUP SERIES
RACE AND AT LEAST TWO OTHER NATIONALLY  RECOGNIZED  RACING  EVENTS  EACH
CALENDAR YEAR.
  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
upon any premises licensed to sell alcoholic  beverages  at  retail  for
on-premises consumption, EXCEPT AUTOMOBILE RACING FACILITIES, during the
following hours:
  S  3.  Section 106 of the alcoholic beverage control law is amended by
adding a new subdivision 5-a to read as follows:
  5-A. NO ALCOHOLIC BEVERAGES SHALL BE SOLD, OFFERED FOR SALE  OR  GIVEN
AWAY  UPON  AN  AUTOMOBILE  RACING  FACILITY  LICENSED TO SELL ALCOHOLIC
BEVERAGES AT RETAIL FOR ON-PREMISES CONSUMPTION BETWEEN FOUR ANTE  MERI-
DIEM AND EIGHT ANTE MERIDIEM.
  S 4. This act shall take effect immediately.


 EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                      [ ] is old law to be omitted.
                                                           LBD08535-01-3

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