SB 339

Session
Regular Session 2018
Title
Entertainment districts, revise qualifications for certain municipalities to establish, Sec. 28-3A-17.1 am'd.
Description

Under existing law, the governing bodies of certain municipalities may establish entertainment districts for the purpose of consumption of alcoholic beverages within the confines of the entertainment district if certain requirements are met

Also under existing law, Class 1, Class 2, Class 3, and Class 4 municipalities and municipalities within 15 miles of the Gulf of Mexico may establish up to five entertainment districts within the municipality in geographical areas where there are situated four licensees holding certain types of alcoholic beverages licenses

This bill would add a manufacturers license that conducts tastings or samplings to the types of alcoholic beverage licenses that must be situated in an area where a municipality seeks to establish an entertainment district

Relating to entertainment districts; to amend Section 28-3A-17.1 of the Code of Alabama 1975, to revise the requirements for certain types of municipalities to establish entertainment districts.

Subjects
Entertainment Districts
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Under existing law, the governing bodies of certain municipalities may establish entertainment districts for the purpose of consumption of alcoholic beverages within the confines of the entertainment district if certain requirements are met

Also under existing law, Class 1, Class 2, Class 3, and Class 4 municipalities and municipalities within 15 miles of the Gulf of Mexico may establish up to five entertainment districts within the municipality in geographical areas where there are situated four licensees holding certain types of alcoholic beverages licenses

This bill would add a manufacturers license that conducts tastings or samplings to the types of alcoholic beverage licenses that must be situated in an area where a municipality seeks to establish an entertainment district

Relating to entertainment districts; to amend Section 28-3A-17.1 of the Code of Alabama 1975, to revise the requirements for certain types of municipalities to establish entertainment districts.

Section 1

Section 28-3A-17.1, Code of Alabama 1975, is amended to read as follows:

§28-3A-17.1.

(a) The provisions of this section shall only apply to Class 1, Class 2, Class 3, Class 4, and Class municipalities and municipalities with an incorporated arts council, main street program, or downtown development entity.

(b) Upon compliance of the applicant with the provisions of this chapter, and the regulations made thereunder which are not in conflict with the provisions of this section, the Alabama Alcoholic Beverage Control Board may issue an entertainment district designation for any retail license authorized in this chapter which allows the licensee to sell alcoholic beverages for consumption on the licensed premises and which licensed premises is located in an entertainment district established as provided in subsection (d). A licensee who receives an entertainment district designation for an on-premises retail license shall comply with all laws, rules, and regulations which govern its license type, except that the patrons, guests, or members of that licensee may exit that licensed premises with open containers of alcoholic beverages and consume alcoholic beverages anywhere within the confines of the entertainment district, which shall be permitted, but may not enter another licensed premises with open containers or closed containers of alcoholic beverages acquired elsewhere.

(c) The permission granted by subsection (b) permitting the consumption of alcoholic beverages anywhere within the confines of the entertainment district shall not extend the confines of the licensed premises.

(d) The governing body of any Class 5 municipality covered by Act 2013-382, or a municipality with an incorporated arts council, main street program, or downtown development entity may establish not more than two entertainment districts within its corporate limits, each of which must have not fewer than four licensees holding a retail liquor license in that area, and each district may not exceed one-half mile by one-half mile in area, but may be irregularly shaped.

(e) The governing body of a Class 1 municipality, Class 2 municipality, Class 4 3 municipality, Class 3 municipality, or any municipality which is located 15 miles north of the Gulf of Mexico, may establish up to five entertainment districts within the corporate limits, each of which must have not fewer than four licensees holding a manufacturers license that conducts tastings or samplings on the licensed premises, a restaurant retail liquor license, an on-premises alcoholic beverage license, or other retail liquor license in that area, and each district may not exceed one-half mile by one-half mile in area, but may be irregularly shaped.

The governing body of a Class 8 municipality which is located in a county with a Class 3 municipality may establish two entertainment districts within its corporate limits which may not have fewer than four licensees holding a retail liquor license in that area and may not exceed one-half mile by one-half mile in area, but may be irregularly shaped.

For the purposes of this subsection, the term on-premises as applied to consumption within such entertainment district shall include anywhere within the district, regardless of the terms and conditions of licensure.

(f) In a Class 2 municipality, the licensed premises in an entertainment district of a holder of a retail liquor license shall include the area on a municipal sidewalk or deck immediately adjacent or connected to the premises and, during special events, directly outside the entrance to the premises.

(g) All laws or parts of laws which conflict with this section are repealed. All general, local, and special laws or parts of such laws insofar as they designate or restrict the boundaries, size, or area of such entertainment districts are hereby repealed."

Section 2

This act shall become effective on the first day of the third month following its passage and approval by the Governor, or its otherwise becoming law.

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Action Date Chamber Action
March 15, 2018HPending third reading on day 21 Favorable from Economic Development and Tourism
March 15, 2018HRead for the second time and placed on the calendar
March 6, 2018HRead for the first time and referred to the House of Representatives committee on Economic Development and Tourism
March 6, 2018SMotion to Read a Third Time and Pass adopted Roll Call 614
March 6, 2018SThird Reading Passed
March 1, 2018SRead for the second time and placed on the calendar
February 22, 2018SRead for the first time and referred to the Senate committee on Fiscal Responsibility and Economic Development
2018-03-06
Chamber: Senate
Result: Passed