Authorizes the state liquor authority to issue temporary retail permits.
TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the alcoholic beverage control law, in relation to temporary retail permits; and to repeal certain provisions of such law relating thereto
PURPOSE: This bill will ease entry into the retail selling of alcohol, promoting business, while still providing oversight of the alcohol industry.
SUMMARY OF PROVISIONS: Section 1. Repeals the current section 97-a of the alcoholic beverage control law and adds a new section 97-a providing for temporary permits to sell as licensed in order for those premises awaiting licensure and renewals to continue to do business uninterrupted by the extended licensure process. Section 2. Effective date.
EXISTING LAW: Alcoholic beverage control law 97-a currently allows for a temporary retail permit to continue the operations of a retail premises during the period that the transfer application for the license from person to person at the same premises is pending. However, a temporary retail permit cannot be given to an applicant for a new retail license.
JUSTIFICATION: This legislation would create a temporary retail permit to help businesses that are just starting and normally would have to wait for the State Liquor Authority's extremely long backlog. The current situation does not foster a favorable climate for economic growth, and is even more detrimental given the declining state of the economy. The state would be collecting additional tax revenue by having the business operating and the local economy would benefit from the increased economic activity.
LEGISLATIVE HISTORY: New Bill.
FISCAL IMPLICATIONS: None.
EFFECTIVE DATE: Immediately.
STATE OF NEW YORK ________________________________________________________________________ 582 2013-2014 Regular Sessions IN SENATE (PREFILED) January 9, 2013 ___________Introduced by Sen. GALLIVAN -- read twice and ordered printed, and when printed to be committed to the Committee on Investigations and Govern- ment Operations AN ACT to amend the alcoholic beverage control law, in relation to temporary retail permits; and to repeal certain provisions of such law relating thereto THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND ASSEM- BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS: Section 1. Section 97-a of the alcoholic beverage control law is REPEALED and a new section 97-a is added to read as follows: S 97-A. TEMPORARY RETAIL PERMIT. 1. THE AUTHORITY IS HEREBY AUTHORIZED TO ISSUE A TEMPORARY RETAIL PERMIT: (A) TO THE TRANSFEREE OF A RETAIL LICENSE TO CONTINUE THE OPERATIONS OF A RETAIL PREMISES DURING THE PERIOD THAT THE TRANSFER APPLICATION FOR THE LICENSE FROM PERSON TO PERSON AT THE SAME PREMISES IS PENDING; OR (B) TO THE APPLICANT FOR A NEW RETAIL LICENSE WHERE THE PROSPECTIVE LICENSED PREMISES IS LOCATED IN A MUNICIPALITY WITH A POPULATION OF LESS THAN ONE MILLION DURING THE PERIOD THAT THE APPLICATION IS PENDING. 2. SUCH A PERMIT MAY BE ISSUED IF ALL OF THE FOLLOWING CONDITIONS ARE MET: (A) THE APPLICANT FOR THE TEMPORARY PERMIT SHALL HAVE FILED WITH THE AUTHORITY AN APPLICATION FOR A RETAIL LICENSE AT SUCH PREMISES, TOGETHER WITH ALL REQUIRED FILING AND LICENSE FEES; (B) THE APPLICANT SHALL HAVE FILED WITH THE AUTHORITY AN APPLICATION FOR A TEMPORARY RETAIL PERMIT, ACCOMPANIED BY A NONREFUNDABLE FILING FEE OF ONE HUNDRED TWENTY-EIGHT DOLLARS FOR ALL RETAIL BEER LICENSES OR SIX HUNDRED FORTY DOLLARS FOR ALL OTHER RETAIL LICENSES; (C) IN THE CASE OF A TRANSFER APPLICATION, THE PREMISES SHALL HAVE BEEN OPERATED UNDER A RETAIL LICENSE WITHIN THIRTY DAYS OF THE DATE OF FILING THE APPLICATION FOR A TEMPORARY PERMIT; ANDEXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets [ ] is old law to be omitted. LBD02102-01-3 S. 582 2
(D) AT THE TIME THE PERMIT IS ISSUED THE CURRENT LICENSE, IF ANY, IN EFFECT FOR SAID PREMISES SHALL HAVE BEEN SURRENDERED TO, PLACED INTO SAFEKEEPING WITH, OR OTHERWISE DEEMED ABANDONED BY THE AUTHORITY. 3. A TEMPORARY RETAIL PERMIT UNDER PARAGRAPH (B) OF SUBDIVISION ONE OF THIS SECTION MAY NOT BE ISSUED FOR ANY PREMISES THAT IS SUBJECT TO THE PROVISIONS OF SECTION SIXTY-THREE, PARAGRAPH (B) OF SUBDIVISION SEVEN OF SECTION SIXTY-FOUR, SUBPARAGRAPH (II) OF PARAGRAPH (A) OF SUBDIVISION SEVEN OF SECTION SIXTY-FOUR-A, SUBPARAGRAPH (II) OF PARAGRAPH (A) OF SUBDIVISION ELEVEN OF SECTION SIXTY-FOUR-C, PARAGRAPH (B) OF SUBDIVISION EIGHT OF SECTION SIXTY-FOUR-D, OR SECTION SEVENTY-NINE OF THIS CHAPTER. 4. A TEMPORARY RETAIL PERMIT ISSUED BY THE AUTHORITY PURSUANT TO THIS SECTION SHALL BE FOR A PERIOD NOT TO EXCEED NINETY DAYS. A TEMPORARY PERMIT MAY BE EXTENDED AT THE DISCRETION OF THE AUTHORITY, FOR AN ADDI- TIONAL THIRTY DAY PERIOD UPON PAYMENT OF AN ADDITIONAL FEE OF SIXTY-FOUR DOLLARS FOR ALL RETAIL BEER LICENSES AND NINETY-SIX DOLLARS FOR ALL OTHER TEMPORARY PERMITS AND UPON COMPLIANCE WITH ALL CONDITIONS REQUIRED IN THIS SECTION. THE AUTHORITY MAY, IN ITS DISCRETION, ISSUE ADDITIONAL THIRTY DAY EXTENSIONS UPON PAYMENT OF THE APPROPRIATE FEE. 5. A TEMPORARY RETAIL PERMIT IS A CONDITIONAL PERMIT AND AUTHORIZES THE HOLDER THEREOF: (A) IN THE CASE OF A TRANSFER APPLICATION TO PURCHASE AND SELL SUCH ALCOHOLIC BEVERAGES AS WOULD BE PERMITTED TO BE PURCHASED AND SOLD UNDER THE PRIVILEGES OF THE RETAIL LICENSE FOR WHICH THE TRANSFER APPLICATION HAS BEEN FILED; (B) IN THE CASE OF ALL OTHER RETAIL APPLICATIONS, TO PURCHASE AND SELL SUCH ALCOHOLIC BEVERAGES AS WOULD BE PERMITTED TO BE PURCHASED AND SOLD UNDER THE PRIVILEGES OF THE LICENSE APPLIED FOR; AND (C) TO SELL SUCH ALCOHOLIC BEVERAGES TO CONSUMERS ONLY AND NOT FOR RESALE. 6. THE HOLDER OF A TEMPORARY RETAIL PERMIT SHALL PURCHASE ALCOHOLIC BEVERAGES ONLY BY PAYMENT IN CURRENCY OR CHECK FOR SUCH ALCOHOLIC BEVER- AGES ON OR BEFORE THE DAY SUCH ALCOHOLIC BEVERAGES ARE DELIVERED, PROVIDED, HOWEVER, THAT THE HOLDER OF A TEMPORARY PERMIT ISSUED PURSUANT TO THIS SECTION WHO ALSO HOLDS ONE OR MORE RETAIL LICENSES AND IS OPER- ATING UNDER SUCH RETAIL LICENSE OR LICENSES IN ADDITION TO THE TEMPORARY RETAIL PERMIT, AND WHO IS NOT DELINQUENT UNDER THE PROVISIONS OF SECTION ONE HUNDRED ONE-AA OF THIS CHAPTER AS TO ANY RETAIL LICENSE UNDER WHICH HE OR SHE OPERATES, MAY PURCHASE ALCOHOLIC BEVERAGES ON CREDIT UNDER THE TEMPORARY PERMIT. 7. NOTWITHSTANDING ANY OTHER PROVISION OF LAW, A TEMPORARY RETAIL PERMIT MAY BE SUMMARILY CANCELLED OR SUSPENDED AT ANY TIME IF THE AUTHORITY DETERMINES THAT GOOD CAUSE FOR SUCH CANCELLATION OR SUSPENSION EXISTS. THE AUTHORITY SHALL PROMPTLY NOTIFY THE HOLDER OF A TEMPORARY RETAIL PERMIT IN WRITING OF SUCH CANCELLATION OR SUSPENSION AND SHALL SET FORTH THE REASONS FOR SUCH ACTION. 8. THE APPLICATION FOR A TEMPORARY PERMIT SHALL BE ON SUCH FORM AS THE AUTHORITY SHALL PRESCRIBE. 9. APPROVAL OF, OR EXTENSION OF, A TEMPORARY RETAIL PERMIT SHALL NOT BE DEEMED AS AN APPROVAL OF THE RETAIL APPLICATION. 10. NOTWITHSTANDING ANY INCONSISTENT PROVISION OF LAW TO THE CONTRARY, THE AUTHORITY MAY PROMULGATE SUCH RULES AND REGULATIONS AS MAY BE NECES- SARY TO CARRY OUT THE PROVISIONS OF THIS SECTION. S 2. This act shall take effect immediately.