|Posted:||December 1, 2020 10:59 AM|
|From:||Senator Lisa M. Boscola|
|To:||All Senate members|
|Subject:||Legislation to Ease Restrictions for Liquor and Beer Purchases for Licensees|
|I plan to introduce legislation which would establish temporary changes to the process in which liquor licensees can pay for and obtain alcohol for the purpose of retail.
Specifically, this bill would permit liquor licenses with the ability to purchase wines and spirits from state liquor stores and beer from distributors on a credit basis – no payment being required at the time of purchase. Under this concept, starting on January 1, 2021 and for a period of one year, a liquor licensee would be able to purchase liquor from a state store on a line of credit, with a maximum of no more than 30 days accrual without any payment towards the balance. Current law does not allow the Liquor Control Board (LCB) to provide for payment flexibility such as this.
Additionally, during the same time frame, liquor license holders would be able to, with agreement by a licensed distributor, purchase beer without a payment on delivery. Distributors could establish a line of credit for a licensee for beer sales, with a maximum of no more than 30 days accrual, and settle up the tab between the two in a more flexible manner, versus the current requirement of payment upon delivery. By December 31, 2021, no further line of credit can be extended by either state stores or beer distributors, and any arrearages would be disclosed to a licensee and would have to be settled within 30 days.
This concept is one that is temporary, but can provide a lot of financial help to small businesses – bars, restaurants, hotels, golf courses, clubs, fire halls, etc. that have a liquor license and may not have the cash on hand to pay for more source materials for their business. This is an easy way to help these businesses, and I invite you to support me and them by cosponsoring this legislation.