SB 834
Modifies provisions relating to alcohol trade practices
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Last Action:
3/28/2018 - SCS Voted Do Pass S Government Reform Committee (5268S.03C)
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Effective Date:
August 28, 2018

Current Bill Summary

SCS/SB 834 - This act modifies provisions relating to alcohol trade practices.

This act modifies the definitions of "equipment and supplies", "dispensing accessories", and "temporary point-of-sale advertising materials", and creates a definition for "nonrefrigeration keg flow accessories".

Currently, a distiller, wholesaler, winemaker, or brewer may give or sell product displays to a retail business if the total value of such displays does not exceed $300 per brand, per retail outlet. This act changes this limit to $400 per brand, per retail outlet . Further, this act changes the limit on the amount of permanent point-of-sale advertising materials that may be sold or given to a retailer from $500 to $700 per year, per brand, per retail outlet. The replacement of similar permanent point-of-sale advertising materials that are damaged and nonfunctioning shall not apply towards the maximum of $700 dollars.

Currently, all permanent point-of-sale advertising materials provided to a retailer shall be recorded, with such records kept for 3 years. Under this act, records shall only be kept for 2 years.

Under this act, wholesalers, brewers, distillers, and winemakers may install only non-refrigeration beer, or non-refrigeration distilled spirits and wine and beer dispensing accessories at a retail business establishment, and the list of tools that may be lent for such dispensing is limited under this act. Any other dispensing accessories not listed in this act shall be sold in the same manner as other equipment and supplies. Further, certain dispensing accessories and nonrefrigeration keg flow accessories listed in this act may be loaned by a wholesaler, brewer, distiller, or winemaker to a retailer only if a deposit is given by the retailer in an amount that covers the cost of such dispensing accessories and nonrefrigeration keg flow accessories. A deposit payment for such equipment is required if an equipment item is loaned for more than 10 days within a 30 day period. A complete record of equipment given, rented, sold, installed, and loaned, and repairs and services made to a retailer, is required for a period of not less than 2 years.

This act provides that wine manufacturers who hold a license to sell intoxicating liquor by the drink at retail for consumption on the premises shall be exempt from a requirement that such liquor be purchased from a distributor so long as it was produced on the premises.

This act is similar to HCS/HB 679 (2017) and SB 359 (2017).