Missouri State Senate

Senate Committee Substitute

SCS/SB 188 - This act repeals certain liquor control provisions pertaining to wholesalers, including exceptions to the wholesaler price regulations and provisions requiring wholesalers to file a schedule with the Supervisor of Alcohol and Tobacco Control in order to operate. Instead, wholesalers are required to make product information, including price, available to retailers no later than five days prior to the first day of the month in which the pricing will be effective. The price provided shall become effective on the first date of the next month and remain in effect until the last day of that month. Supplemental pricing information may be provided to retailers for items that were unintentionally left off the regular information listing after approval by the Division of Alcohol and Tobacco Control.

This act changes the procedure allowing wholesalers to take delivery orders for upcoming months and also changes the requirements for "delayed shipments" under the division's rules and regulations.

This act allows wholesalers to offer retailers merchandise at prices which are below the wholesaler's cost only if such merchandise is specifically designated as "close-out merchandise" when providing the monthly pricing information. The act forbids wholesalers from buying more of such "close-out merchandise". Such "close-out merchandise" shall be designated as such for not less than six consecutive months. After such time, a wholesaler may remove items from its "close-out" designation by no longer identifying them as such on its monthly pricing information.

This act is similar to SS/SB 1240 (2008) and identical to HCS/HB 310 (2009).

SUSAN HENDERSON MOORE

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