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H.160

AN ACT RELATING TO HOURS OF SALE OF ALCOHOLIC BEVERAGES

It is hereby enacted by the General Assembly of the State of Vermont:

Sec. 1. 7 V.S.A. § 62 is amended to read:

§ 62. *[SUNDAY PROHIBITIONS]* HOURS OF SALE

*[A person, partnership, association or corporation shall not sell any malt]* Malt or vinous beverages or spirituous liquors *[on Sundays, except that such beverages and liquors]* may be sold *[on Sundays]* by holders of first class and first and third class licenses*[, including hotels, inns, holders of a caterer's permit and duly licensed clubs, and by druggists holding permits on prescriptions only at the times and under the conditions the liquor control board determines to be reasonably necessary in the public interest]* between the hours of 8:00 a.m. and 2:00 a.m. the next morning. The liquor control board may issue regulations controlling the hours of *[Sunday]* consumption and sales under this section *[, except that spirituous liquors may not be sold by persons holding druggist permits between the hours of 1:00 A.M. and 12:00 noon on Sundays. Malt and vinous beverages or spirituous liquors may not be sold by first and third class licensees between the hours of 1:00 A.M. and 10:00 A.M. on Sundays]*. Licensees of the second class may sell malt and vinous beverages *[on Sundays]* between the hours of *[eight A.M. and ten o'clock in the evening]* 6:00 a.m. and 12:00 a.m. the next morning in accordance with the law relating to those licenses. *[The provisions of chapter 74 of Title 13 shall not apply to licenses of the first,second or third class, or to clubs, operating on Sunday in accordance with this section and the regulations of the liquor control board. A person, partnership, association or corporation who violates a provision of this section shall be imprisoned not more than twelve months nor less than three months or fined not more than $1,000.00 nor less than $100.00, or both, and for a subsequent conviction thereof within one year, shall be imprisoned not more than three years nor less than six months or fined not more than $2,000.00 nor less than $300.00, or both. Notwithstanding any other provision of this section, the]* The board may extend the hours of sale by first class and first and third class licensees on New Year's Day *[when it falls on Sunday]*.

Sec. 2. 7 V.S.A. § 222 is amended to read:

§ 222. FIRST AND SECOND CLASS LICENSES, GRANTING OF; SALE TO

MINORS; DESIGNATED DRIVER SIGN

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(4) A sign shall be conspicuously displayed on the premises of every first or third class license so that it is readily observable by customers of the licensee. The sign shall be at least 18 inches by 20 inches in size, of a design approved by the board and shall read: DO YOU HAVE A DESIGNATED DRIVER?

Sec. 3. 7 V.S.A. § 239(c) is amended to read:

(c) It shall be the responsibility of each licensee to ensure that every employee who is involved in the sale or serving of alcohol beverages completes a training program approved by the department of liquor control. A licensee may comply with thisrequirement by conducting its own training program on its premises, using information and materials furnished by the department of liquor control. In the case of first or first and third class licensees, the training program shall include at least four hours of training related to server intervention techniques.

Sec. 4. EFFECTIVE DATE

This act shall become effective January 1, 1998.