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H.94

Introduced by Representative Rodgers of Glover, Jewett of Ripton, Bray of New Haven, Clarkson of Woodstock, Donaghy of Poultney, Pearson of Burlington and Peltz of Woodbury

Referred to Committee on

Date:

Subject:  Alcoholic beverages; beer; alcohol content; taxation

Statement of purpose:  This bill proposes to permit second class licensees to sell beer with the same alcoholic content as wine and to tax the higher alcoholic beer at the same rate as wine.

AN ACT RELATING TO RETAIL SALES AND TAXING OF SPECIALTY BEERS

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

Sec. 1.  7 V.S.A. § 2(14) and (20) are amended to read:

(14)  “Malt beverages”: all fermented beverages of any name or description manufactured for sale from malt, wholly or in part, or from any substitute therefor, known as beer, porter, ale, and stout, containing not less than one percent nor more than eight 16 percent of alcohol by volume at 60 degrees fahrenheit.  However, if such a beverage has an alcohol content of more than six percent and not more than eight  percent and has a terminal specific gravity of less than 1.009, it shall be deemed to be a spirit and not a malt beverage.  The holder of the certificate of approval or the manufacturer shall certify to the liquor control board the terminal specific gravity of the beverage when the alcohol content is more than six percent and not more than eight percent.  

(20)  “Spirits”: beverages for sale containing more than one percent of alcohol obtained by distillation, by chemical synthesis, or through concentration by freezing; and vinous beverages containing more than 16 percent of alcohol; and all vermouths of any alcohol content; malt beverages containing more than eight 16 percent of alcohol or more than six percent of alcohol if the terminal specific gravity thereof is less than 1.009; in each case measured by volume at 60 degrees fahrenheit.

Sec. 2.  7 V.S.A. § 421(a) is amended to read:

§ 421.  TAX ON MALT AND VINOUS BEVERAGES

(a)  Every bottler and wholesaler shall pay to the commissioner of taxes the sum of 26 and one-half cents per gallon for every gallon or its equivalent of malt beverage containing not more than six percent of alcohol by volume at 60 degrees fahrenheit sold by them to retailers in the state and the sum of 55 cents per gallon for each gallon of malt beverage containing more than six percent and not more than eight percent of alcohol by volume at 60 degrees fahrenheit and each gallon of vinous beverages sold by them to retailers in the state and shall also pay to the liquor control board all fees for bottler’s and wholesaler’s licenses.



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The Vermont General Assembly
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