|BILL AS INTRODUCED||2007-2008|
Introduced by Representatives Scheuermann of Stowe, Brennan of Colchester, Komline of Dorset, Larrabee of Danville, Smith of Morristown and Westman of Cambridge
Subject: Alcoholic beverages; makeup of liquor board; common ownership; malted beverages; shared inventory
Statement of purpose: This bill proposes to require that one member of the liquor control board be a representative of the hospitality industry; to increase the alcoholic content of malt beverages; to permit second class licensees to sell beer with a higher alcoholic content; and to allow separate licensed establishments under the same ownership and located on the same premises to exchange and share inventory.
AN ACT RELATING TO THE LIQUOR CONTROL BOARD, THE ALCOHOLIC CONTENT OF MALT BEVERAGES, AND SHARING INVENTORY BETWEEN CERTAIN LICENSEES
It is hereby enacted by the General Assembly of the State of Vermont:
Sec. 1. 7 V.S.A. § 101(b) is amended to read:
liquor control board shall consist of three
persons members, not
more than two members of which shall belong to the same political party.
Biennially, with the advice and consent of the senate, the governor shall
appoint a person as a member of such the board for the
term of six years, whose term of office shall commence beginning on
February 1 of the year in which such the appointment is made. One
of the members shall be a representative of the hospitality business. The
governor shall biennially designate a member of such board to be its
Sec. 2. 7 V.S.A. § 2(14) and (20) are amended to read:
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 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.
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
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 Fahrenheit.
Sec. 3. 7 V.S.A. § 421(a) is amended to read:
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 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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Sec. 4. BEER LABELING
Malt beverages with alcohol content above eight percent shall be labeled in accordance with the code of federal regulations.
Sec. 5. 7 V.S.A. § 224 is amended to read:
§ 224. THIRD CLASS LICENSES; OPEN CONTAINERS; INVENTORY
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(c) A person who holds a third class license shall purchase from the liquor control board all spirituous liquors dispensed in accordance with the provisions of the third class license and this title. A person who holds two or more first, third, or first and third class licenses for separate locations, as authorized by the board pursuant to subsection 229(a) of this title, may share or exchange alcoholic inventory among the licensed premises, provided the licensed premises are located on the same property and the inventory is acknowledged on invoice pursuant to rules of the board.
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