SB 644 Establishes new requirements for direct wine sales
Sponsor: Griesheimer
LR Number: 2499S.01I Fiscal Note: 2499-01
Committee: Economic Development, Tourism & Local Government
Last Action: 5/18/2007 - S Informal Calendar S Bills for Perfection Journal Page:
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Effective Date: August 28, 2007

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SB 644 - Licensed wine manufacturers may apply for a "wine direct shipper license" from the Supervisor of Alcohol and Tobacco Control (Supervisor). Such license allows a wine manufacturer to ship up to two cases of wine per month directly to a Missouri resident who is at least twenty-one years of age for personal use. The license may be renewed annually.

This act outlines the requirements that must be met by wine direct shipper licensees, including limiting the amount of wine to the permitted amount, using licensed carriers, shipping properly registered wine, having a warning that package contains alcohol, submitting to the Division's jurisdiction, and meeting other requirements based on whether the winery is located within or outside of Missouri.

Carriers may apply for a "alcohol carrier license" from the Supervisor. Such license allows a carrier to transport alcohol directly to Missouri residents who are at least twenty-one years of age. The act outlines the requirements that must be met by alcohol carrier licensees, including delivering only to adults who are not intoxicated, requiring proof of age and identity, obtaining an adult signature, and keeping proper records.

The holder of a retailer alcoholic beverage license that has entered into a reciprocal shipping agreement with the Supervisor may apply for a "retail wine direct shipper license". Such license allows the holder to ship up to two cases of wine per month directly to a Missouri resident who is at least twenty-one years of age for personal use. The license may be renewed annually.

The act outlines the requirements that must be met by retail wine direct shipper licensees, including limiting the amount of wine to the permitted amount, using licensed carriers, shipping properly registered wine, having a warning that the package contains alcohol, submitting to the Division's jurisdiction, and meeting other requirements based on whether the winery is located within or outside of Missouri.

Any person who sells intoxicating liquor without procuring the proper license shall be guilty of a felony. Retail wine direct shippers who violate the liquor control laws or regulations are subject to disciplinary administrative actions or criminal penalties as provided by law.

All advertising of direct wine sales and shipping to consumers shall comply with Missouri law and regulations.

This act is similar to HCS/HB 944 (2007) & CCS/HCS/SCS/SB 299 and SS/SCS/SB 616 (2007).

SUSAN HENDERSON MOORE