Relates to pro rata license fees for seasonal bars.
TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the alcoholic beverage control law, in relation to lowering the alcohol license fees for seasonally operated bars
To establish pro rata license fees, based on the number of months in operation, that owners of seasonal bars pay for licensure.
SUMMARY OF PROVISIONS:
Section 1 amends the Alcoholic Beverage Control Law by adding a new section, Section 132, that allows owners that operate a seasonal bar to pay a prorated amount of the fee, based on the number of months in operation.
Section 2 authorizes the State Liquor Authority to promulgate any rules or regulations with regard to this act.
Section 3 makes the act effective on the ninetieth day after it becomes law.
This legislation was drafted on behalf of a constituent who operates his indoor bar year-round but also operates an outdoor tiki bar at the same establishment, which is open for about half the year during warm weather months.
The New York State Liquor Authority requires a license for each bar. Even though the outdoor bar is strictly seasonal, the Authority mandates that the fee for this additional bar be equivalent to the amount of the annual license fee paid by the licensee. Currently it is $1800 for a two-year license.
There is no objection to needing, two separate licenses in this situation, but there are reservations about paying full price for a license that is only used part of the time. The Governor has repeatedly stated "New York is Open for Business" but this State requirement is certainly hurting my constituent as well as many other already struggling small business owners. This legislation will allow a prorated fee for the license, based on the number of months in operation. This will be financially palatable to seasonal bar operators.
This is a new bill.
This bill would save many seasonally operated bars much needed money.
Ninety days after it becomes law.
STATE OF NEW YORK ________________________________________________________________________ 6764 IN SENATE March 7, 2014 ___________Introduced by Sen. MARCHIONE -- 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 lowering the alcohol license fees for seasonally operated bars THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND ASSEM- BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS: Section 1. The alcoholic beverage control law is amended by adding a new section 132 to read as follows: S 132. REDUCED FEES FOR SEASONAL BAR LICENSURE. OWNERS THAT OPERATE A SEASONAL BAR SHALL PAY A PRORATED AMOUNT OF THE FEE, BASED ON THE NUMBER OF MONTHS IN OPERATION. S 2. The state liquor authority shall be authorized to promulgate any rules or regulations with regard to this act. S 3. This act shall take effect on the ninetieth day after it shall have become a law.EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets [ ] is old law to be omitted. LBD11725-01-3