Introduced by Representatives Marron of Stowe, Miller of Elmore and Smith of Morristown
Subject: Alcoholic beverages; wine; nonprofit organizations; fundraising sales
Statement of purpose: This bill proposes to permit nonprofit organizations to sell wine at auction for fundraising purposes.
AN ACT RELATING TO WINE AUCTIONS BY NONPROFIT ORGANIZATIONS
It is hereby enacted by the General Assembly of the State of Vermont:
Sec. 1. 7 V.S.A. § 4 is added to read:
§ 4. NONPROFIT ORGANIZATIONS; WINE; FUNDRAISING
(a) A nonprofit organization may auction vinous beverages to the public without a license from the department, provided:
(1) The organization has previously notified the department with documentation of its nonprofit status and received approval from the department.
(2) The profits from the auction sale are used solely for the expenses of the nonprofit organization to conduct the sale or for the nonprofit purposes of the organization.
(b) A person who donates wine to a nonprofit organization conducting an auction under this section is not required to be licensed under this chapter. If an auction under this section is conducted on the premises of a licensee under this title, wine donated for auction may be given and accepted without including the wine on the licensee’s invoice.
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