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Session of 2021 - 2022 Regular Session


Posted: April 27, 2021 03:38 PM
From: Representative Frank Burns
To: All House members
Subject: Eliminating the Liquor License Surcharge
Restaurants, taverns and social clubs have been among the hardest hit by last year’s statewide closure orders and continuing COVID-19 mitigation efforts.  These mom-and-pop businesses and nonprofit community clubs were forced to slash their operations overnight, closing dining rooms and bars, canceling special events and ceasing service except for take-out or delivery orders. 

I believe we need to help ease the financial losses these businesses have experienced over the last year.  That’s why I’m introducing legislation that would eliminate the annual liquor license surcharge for all restaurant, eating place, hotel and club licensees.  This $750 annual fee is in addition to the regular charges for establishments to renew or validate their liquor licenses.

I have heard from licensees in my district who still fear they may not survive in the long term.  These annual fees and surcharges add up to thousands of dollars that many restaurants and clubs can’t afford after more than a year of limited income during the coronavirus pandemic.  Allowing licensees to keep a little more money in their bank account can help to ensure these pillars of our community survive.

Please join me in sponsoring this legislation and supporting small businesses by permanently eliminating liquor license surcharge fees.