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House of Representatives
Session of 2019 - 2020 Regular Session


Posted: May 1, 2019 03:49 PM
From: Representative Matthew D. Dowling
To: All House members
Subject: Consumer Convenience Permit Legislation
In the near future I plan to introduce legislation to support and expand the current model our grocery and convenience stores are currently operating under. As you are aware, grocery stores and convenience stores purchase a Restaurant license and utilize that license to sell beer and wine to go to our constituents. This has ushered in an era of convenience for our citizens and should be continued. Many of the requirements placed on the holder of a restaurant license, however, are still limiting our constituents the ability to purchase wine and beer in the manner they desire.

For a fee, our local restaurants will be able to apply for a Customer Convenience Permit to expand operating privileges. This permit will have to be renewed every year by the licensee. Those expanded privileges will include:

Removal of the 30 seat requirement for a restaurant license
  • Ability to purchase beer and wine at additional registers
  • Ability to sell wine and beer for off-premise consumption only
  • Individual sales of beer containing more than 192 oz
  • Individual sales of wine containing more than 3,000 mL
  • Permission to place wine and beer products anywhere within the store
  • Permission to hold educational or cooking classes featuring alcoholic products for sale
I hope you will join me in cosponsoring this common sense legislation to continue the consumer convenience initiatives we have begun.

Introduced as HB1644