Reform Hearing Set for July 12, 2012: Omnibus Alcoholic Beverage Regulation Amendment Act of 2012
The D.C. Council Committee on Human Services is hosting a hearing on July 12, 2012 at 11:00 AM for the Omnibus Alcoholic Beverage Regulation Amendment Act of 2012 (“Omnibus”). The bill, introduced by Councilmember Jim Graham (Ward One) and cosponsored by Jack Evans (Ward Two) is set to amend Title 25 of the D.C. Code, which pertains to alcoholic beverages. The hearing will take place at Room 412 of the John A. Wilson Building at 1350 Pennsylvania Ave. NW (photo ID required).
The following are among some of the 43 changes proposed by Omnibus:
- To create a new Wine Pub permit that allows for the manufacturing and the sale of wine to consumers;
- To increase the wine alcohol percentage that can be sold by retailer’s class B licensees from 14% to 15%;
- To allow retailer’s class C and D licensees to purchase from retailer’s class A licensees when District wholesalers are closed;
- To require notice of placarded license applications to citizen associations registered with ABRA;
- To require a group of five or more residents or property owners to be within a 400 foot radius to qualify for standing;
- To require citizens associations to give notice to applicants and offer applicants an opportunity to address their voting body at a duly scheduled meeting;
- To require citizen associations to give notice to applicants and offer applicants an opportunity to address their voting body at a duly scheduled meeting;
- To make it a primary tier violation for failure to comply with the statutory food requirements;
- To require that windows and doors of an establishment remain closed for a noise violation under D.C. Code § 25 -725 to occur;
- To make it a secondary tier violation to knowingly allow a patron to exit an on-premises establishment with an open container of alcohol;
- To establish an affirmative defense to a violation of D.C. Code § 25-783(a) that the person was 21 years of age or older;
- To allow the Board to fine a licensee $30,000 and suspend a license for 30 consecutive days for a fourth primary tier violation within four years.
The full bill can be found here. A full recap of the hearing will be provided in a subsequent blog posting.
It is important to note that to be given speaking time (5 minutes for businesses/representatives, 3 minutes for individuals), registration is required by contacting Council staffer Malcolm Cameron at mcameron@DCCouncil.US or 202-724-8191. In addition, the D.C. Council is requesting that any speakers provide 15 copies of their statements.