Introduced by Senator Dunne of Windsor District, Senator Bartlett of Lamoille District, Senator Miller of Chittenden District and Senator Mullin of Rutland District
Subject: Alcoholic beverages; foreign shipping; beer and wine
Statement of purpose: This bill proposes to permit direct shipping of wine and beer from out of state to Vermont consumers.
AN ACT RELATING TO DIRECT SHIPPING OF WINE AND BEER
It is hereby enacted by the General Assembly of the State of Vermont:
Sec. 1. 7 V.S.A. § 63 is amended to read:
§ 63. IMPORTATION OR
TRANSPORTATION OF LIQUORS;
LIMIT; PENALTY DIRECT
IMPORTING OF WINE; LICENSE;
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malt and/or vinous beverages imported or transported into this state shall be
imported or transported by and through a wholesale dealer holding a wholesale
dealer’s license issued by the liquor control board. A person, partnership,
association or corporation importing or transporting or causing to be imported
or transported into this state any malt and/or vinous beverages shall be
imprisoned not more than one year or fined not more than $1,000.00, or both. Provided,
however, that it shall be lawful for a person to import or transport malt
and/or vinous beverages into this state by first obtaining a permit from the
liquor control board and a person may import or transport not more than six
gallons of malt and/or vinous beverages into this state in his or her own
private vehicle or in his or her actual possession at the time of such
importation without permit providing it is not for resale. Except as
provided in section 66 of this title, any person currently licensed in any
other state as a vinous or malt beverage producer, supplier, importer,
wholesaler, distributor, or retailer who is granted an out-of-state shipper’s
license by the department as provided in this subsection may ship up to 12
bottles of wine or 24 12-ounce bottles of beer per month directly to a resident
of Vermont who is at least 21 years of age, provided the wine or beer is solely
for the resident’s personal use and not for resale. For the purposes of this
section, a “bottle of wine” is any container with the liquid capacity of a
liter or less.
(c) The department may issue an out-of-state shipping license to an applicant who files an application in a form determined by the department accompanied by a $500.00 application fee and a copy of the applicant’s current out-of-state liquor license. The out-of-state shipping license may be renewed annually by filing a $250.00 renewal fee along with a copy of the licensee’s current foreign alcoholic beverage license. A holder of an out-of-state shipping license shall:
(1) Ship no more than 12 bottles of wine or more than 24 12-ounce bottles of beer to any individual in any calendar month.
(2) Not ship to any address in an area identified by the department as a “dry” or local option area.
(3) Deliver wine or beer only to an individual who is determined to be 21 years of age or older who shall sign for the delivery.
(4) Ensure that all containers of alcoholic beverages shipped directly to a Vermont resident are conspicuously labeled “CONTAINS ALCOHOL: SIGNATURE OF INDIVIDUAL AGE 21 OR OLDER REQUIRED FOR DELIVERY.”
(5) Ship wine and beer only by common carrier as required in subsection 66(b) of this title.
(6) Report annually to the department the total wine and beer, by type, shipped into the state in the preceding year.
(7) No later than April 1 of each year, pay to the department of taxes all sales taxes due on sales of wine and beer made to residents during the preceding calendar year, the amount of taxes to be calculated as if the sale were in Vermont at the location where the delivery is made.
(8) Permit the state treasurer or the department of taxes to perform an audit of the records of the holder of the out-of-state shipping license upon request.
(9) Be deemed to have consented to jurisdiction of the department or any other state subdivision including the state courts concerning enforcement of this or other related laws.
(d) Direct shipping of vinous or malt beverages from out of state to consumers in Vermont from a person who does not possess a current out‑of‑state shipping license is prohibited. Any person who knowingly makes, participates in, transports, imports, or receives such a shipment from out of state may be fined not more than $1,000.00 or imprisoned no more than 30 days, or both.
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