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House File 364

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  1  1    Section 1.  NEW SECTION.  123.51A  DISCOUNTED DRINKS
  1  2 PROHIBITED – PENALTY.
  1  3    1.  A retailer who holds a license or permit to sell
  1  4 alcoholic beverages for consumption on the premises pursuant
  1  5 to this chapter shall maintain a schedule of the prices
  1  6 charged for all drinks of alcoholic beverages to be served and
  1  7 consumed on the licensed premises.  If the retailer who holds
  1  8 a license or permit operates two or more establishments within
  1  9 the licensed premises to sell individual drinks of alcoholic
  1 10 beverages, each establishment shall maintain a separate
  1 11 schedule of drink prices.
  1 12    2.  A retailer who holds a license or permit to sell
  1 13 alcoholic beverages for consumption on the premises or an
  1 14 agent or employee of the retailer shall not do any of the
  1 15 following acts:
  1 16    a.  Serve two or more individual drinks of an alcoholic
  1 17 beverage at one time to one individual for consumption by that
  1 18 one individual, except selling or delivering wine by the
  1 19 bottle or carafe.
  1 20    b.  Sell, offer to sell, or serve to an individual an
  1 21 unlimited number of drinks of an alcoholic beverage during a
  1 22 period of time for a fixed price, except at a private function
  1 23 which is not open to the general public.
  1 24    c.  Sell, offer to sell, or serve any drink of an alcoholic
  1 25 beverage to an individual on any one date at a reduced price
  1 26 other than that offered other purchasers of drinks on that
  1 27 day, except at a private function which is not open to the
  1 28 general public.
  1 29    d.  Increase the volume of alcoholic beverage contained in
  1 30 an individual drink, or the size of the drink of alcoholic
  1 31 liquor without increasing proportionately the price regularly
  1 32 charged for the drink on that day.
  1 33    e.  Encourage or permit, on the licensed premises, any game
  1 34 or contest which involves drinking alcoholic beverages or the
  1 35 awarding of drinks of alcoholic beverages as prizes for the
  2  1 game or contest.
  2  2    3.  Subsection 2 shall not prohibit a retailer from any one
  2  3 of the following practices:
  2  4    a.  Offering free food or entertainment at any time.
  2  5    b.  Including drinks of an alcoholic beverage as a part of
  2  6 a meal package.
  2  7    c.  Including drinks of an alcoholic beverage as a part of
  2  8 a hotel or motel package.
  2  9    d.  Negotiating the prices of drinks of alcoholic liquor as
  2 10 a part of a contract between a hotel, motel, or multi-use
  2 11 establishment and another party for the holding of a function,
  2 12 meeting, convention, or other event.
  2 13    e.  Providing room service to persons renting rooms in a
  2 14 hotel or motel.
  2 15    f.  Selling pitchers, carafes, bottles, or other multi-
  2 16 serving containers of an alcoholic beverage which are
  2 17 customarily sold in those containers and delivered to two or
  2 18 more persons at one time.
  2 19    g.  Increasing the prices of drinks of alcoholic beverages
  2 20 in lieu of, in whole or part, a coverage charge to offset the
  2 21 cost of special entertainment which is not regularly
  2 22 scheduled.
  2 23    4.  A violation of subsection 1 or 2 is grounds for the
  2 24 suspension or revocation of the license or permit of a
  2 25 retailer.  
  2 26                           EXPLANATION
  2 27    This bill provides that retailers who sell alcoholic
  2 28 beverages by the drink for consumption on the premises shall
  2 29 not engage in practices which tend to encourage drinking
  2 30 alcoholic beverage during certain periods of time or in
  2 31 certain quantities at discounted prices.  The periods of time
  2 32 are sometimes known as happy hours.
  2 33    The bill requires that each bar establishment have a
  2 34 schedule of drink prices and that an alcoholic beverage shall
  2 35 not be sold at a price other than the listed price at a
  3  1 certain time of the day or two or more individual drinks shall
  3  2 not be sold to an individual for consumption at the same time.
  3  3 The bill prohibits selling an unlimited number of alcoholic
  3  4 beverage drinks at a fixed price except to a private party to
  3  5 which the public is not invited.  The bill also prohibits
  3  6 selling individual drinks with a larger than normal volume of
  3  7 alcoholic beverage included and prohibits games or contests in
  3  8 licensed premises which encourage or award drinks as prizes.
  3  9    The bill does not prohibit the use of alcoholic beverages
  3 10 as part of a hotel package, meal package, or as part of a
  3 11 contract for convention facilities, meetings, and other
  3 12 functions.  The bill does not prohibit the offering of free
  3 13 food or entertainment, the provision of room service to hotel
  3 14 or motel guests, or the sale of alcoholic beverages in
  3 15 pitchers, carafes, or bottles to two or more persons if
  3 16 containers are a customary method of sales.
  3 17    A violation of the prohibited practices is suspension or
  3 18 revocation of the retailer's license or permit to sell
  3 19 alcoholic beverages.  
  3 20 LSB 1979HH 77
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