Introduced Version






HOUSE BILL No. 1479

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DIGEST OF INTRODUCED BILL



Citations Affected: IC 7.1-2-3-32; IC 7.1-3; IC 7.1-5; IC 34-30-2-19.5.

Synopsis: Various alcoholic beverage matters. Prohibits the alcohol and tobacco commission from adopting rules allowing retailers and dealers to enter into a formal group purchasing agreement for the purpose of purchasing beer from permittees authorized to sell to them. Allows a brewer of a small brewery to sell and deliver beer to a consumer. Removes a provision that allows a brewer of a large brewery to sell and deliver beer to a consumer. Prohibits a beer wholesaler from selling beer to a consumer other than an employee of the wholesaler. Allows liquor retailers and liquor dealers to provide samples: (1) of flavored malt beverages and hard cider that do not exceed six ounces; and (2) of beer that do not exceed 12 ounces. (Current law provides that a sample size of beer may not exceed six ounces.) Establishes requirements that a wine wholesaler must meet to resell wine purchased at an estate sale. Provides a wholesaler with immunity from civil liability for product liability or negligence regarding wine the wholesaler purchased at an estate auction and resold. Makes it a Class D felony for a wholesaler to sell a brand of alcoholic beverages that the permittee has not been authorized to sell by the brand's primary source of supply and allows an injured permittee to bring a civil action against the wholesaler. Increases the penalty for furnishing an alcoholic beverage to a minor to a Class B misdemeanor if the person is an adult. Prohibits a permittee from coercing another permittee to enter into an agreement or take an action that violates the alcoholic beverage statutes and rules. (Current law prohibits only a primary source of supply or a beer wholesaler from coercing a beer wholesaler.)

Effective: July 1, 2007.





Kuzman




    January 23, 2007, read first time and referred to Committee on Public Policy.







Introduced

First Regular Session 115th General Assembly (2007)


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HOUSE BILL No. 1479



    A BILL FOR AN ACT to amend the Indiana Code concerning alcohol and tobacco.

Be it enacted by the General Assembly of the State of Indiana:

SOURCE: IC 7.1-2-3-32; (07)IN1479.1.1. -->     SECTION 1. IC 7.1-2-3-32 IS AMENDED TO READ AS FOLLOWS [EFFECTIVE JULY 1, 2007]: Sec. 32. (a) The commission, by rule, may provide procedures whereby two (2) or more retailers and dealers may enter into a formal group purchasing agreement for the purpose of purchasing alcoholic beverages, except beer, from permittees authorized to sell the alcoholic beverages to them.
    (b) If the commission exercises the power granted in subsection (a), the rule shall make provisions for at least the following:
        (1) The formal requirements of a group purchasing agreement.
        (2) The vesting of title to the alcoholic beverages purchased under a group purchasing agreement.
        (3) The transportation by retailers and dealers of the alcoholic beverages purchased under a group purchasing agreement.
        (4) The purchase and transportation of alcoholic beverages by retailers and dealers, whether they are parties to a group purchasing agreement or not, as a result of a service interruption

or other emergency. and
        (5) The filing requirements of a group purchasing agreement or any amendments or additions thereto.

SOURCE: IC 7.1-3-2-7; (07)IN1479.1.2. -->     SECTION 2. IC 7.1-3-2-7 IS AMENDED TO READ AS FOLLOWS [EFFECTIVE JULY 1, 2007]: Sec. 7. The holder of a brewer's permit or an out-of-state brewer holding either a primary source of supply permit or an out-of-state brewer's permit may do the following:
        (1) Manufacture beer.
        (2) Place beer in containers or bottles.
        (3) Transport beer.
        (4) Sell and deliver beer to a person holding a beer wholesaler's permit issued under IC 7.1-3-3.
        (5) If the brewer's brewery manufactures not more than twenty thousand (20,000) barrels of beer in a calendar year, do the following:
            (A) Sell and deliver beer to a person holding a retailer or a dealer permit under this title.
            (B) Be the proprietor of a restaurant.
            (C) Hold a beer retailer's permit, a wine retailer's permit, or a liquor retailer's permit for a restaurant established under clause (B).
            (D) Transfer beer directly from the brewery to the restaurant by means of:
                (i) bulk containers; or
                (ii) a continuous flow system.
            (E) Install a window between the brewery and an adjacent restaurant that allows the public and the permittee to view both premises.
            (F) Install a doorway or other opening between the brewery and an adjacent restaurant that provides the public and the permittee with access to both premises.
            (G) Sell the brewery's beer by the glass for consumption on the premises. Brewers permitted to sell beer by the glass under this clause must furnish the minimum food requirements prescribed by the commission.
             (H) Sell and deliver beer to a consumer at the permit premises of the brewer or at the residence of the consumer. The delivery to a consumer may be made only in a quantity at any one (1) time of not more than one-half (1/2) barrel, but the beer may be contained in bottles or other permissible containers.
        (6) If the brewer's brewery manufactures more than twenty thousand (20,000) barrels of beer in a calendar year, own a portion of the corporate stock of another brewery that:
            (A) is located in the same county as the brewer's brewery;
            (B) manufactures less than twenty thousand (20,000) barrels of beer in a calendar year; and
            (C) is the proprietor of a restaurant that operates under subdivision (5).
        (7) Sell and deliver beer to a consumer at the plant of the brewer or at the residence of the consumer. The delivery to a consumer shall be made only in a quantity at any one (1) time of not more than one-half (1/2) barrel, but the beer may be contained in bottles or other permissible containers.
        (8) (7) Provide complimentary samples of beer that are:
            (A) produced by the brewer; and
            (B) offered to consumers for consumption on the brewer's premises.
        (9) (8) Own a portion of the corporate stock of a sports corporation that:
            (A) manages a minor league baseball stadium located in the same county as the brewer's brewery; and
            (B) holds a beer retailer's permit, a wine retailer's permit, or a liquor retailer's permit for a restaurant located in that stadium.
        (10) (9) For beer described in IC 7.1-1-2-3(a)(4):
            (A) may allow transportation to and consumption of the beer on the licensed premises; and
            (B) may not sell, offer to sell, or allow sale of the beer on the licensed premises.
SOURCE: IC 7.1-3-3-5; (07)IN1479.1.3. -->     SECTION 3. IC 7.1-3-3-5, AS AMENDED BY P.L.224-2005, SECTION 5, IS AMENDED TO READ AS FOLLOWS [EFFECTIVE JULY 1, 2007]: Sec. 5. (a) The holder of a beer wholesaler's permit may purchase and import from the primary source of supply, possess, and sell at wholesale, beer and flavored malt beverages manufactured within or without this state.
    (b) A beer wholesaler permittee may possess, transport, sell, and deliver beer to:
        (1) another beer wholesaler authorized by the brewer to sell the brand purchased;
        (2) a consumer; an employee; or
        (3) a holder of a beer retailer's permit, beer dealer's permit, temporary beer permit, dining car permit, boat permit, airplane permit, or supplemental caterer's permit;
located within this state. The sale, transportation, and delivery of beer shall be made only from inventory that has been located on the wholesaler's premises before the time of invoicing and delivery.
    (c) Delivery of beer to a consumer shall be made in barrels only with the exception of The beer wholesaler's bona fide regular employees who may purchase beer from the wholesaler in:          (1) bottles, cans, or any other type of permissible containers in an amount not to exceed forty-eight (48) pints; or
        (2) one (1) keg;

at any one (1) time.
    (d) The importation, transportation, possession, sale, and delivery of beer shall be subject to the rules of the commission and subject to the same restrictions provided in this title for a person holding a brewer's permit.
    (e) The holder of a beer wholesaler's permit may purchase, import, possess, transport, sell, and deliver any commodity listed in IC 7.1-3-10-5, unless prohibited by this title. However, a beer wholesaler may deliver flavored malt beverages only to the holder of one (1) of the following permits:
        (1) A beer wholesaler or wine wholesaler permit, if the wholesaler is authorized by the primary source of supply to sell the brand of flavored malt beverage purchased.
        (2) A wine retailer's permit, wine dealer's permit, temporary wine permit, dining car wine permit, boat permit, airplane permit, or supplemental caterer's permit.
    (f) A beer wholesaler may:
        (1) store beer for an out-of-state brewer described in IC 7.1-3-2-9 and deliver the stored beer to another beer wholesaler that the out-of-state brewer authorizes to sell the beer;
        (2) perform all necessary accounting and auditing functions associated with the services described in subdivision (1); and
        (3) receive a fee from an out-of-state brewer for the services described in subdivisions (1) through (2).
SOURCE: IC 7.1-3-9-11; (07)IN1479.1.4. -->     SECTION 4. IC 7.1-3-9-11 IS AMENDED TO READ AS FOLLOWS [EFFECTIVE JULY 1, 2007]: Sec. 11. (a) A liquor retailer may allow customers to sample the following:
        (1) Beer.
        (2) Wines.
        (3) Liquors.
        (4) Liqueurs and cordials (as defined in 27 CFR 5.22(h)).
         (5) Flavored malt beverages.
        (6) Hard cider.

    (b) Sampling is permitted only:
        (1) on the liquor retailer's permit premises; and
        (2) during the permittee's regular business hours.
    (c) A liquor retailer may not charge for the samples provided to customers.
    (d) Sample size of wines may not exceed one (1) ounce.
    (e) In addition to the other provisions of this section, a liquor retailer who allows customers to sample liquors, liqueurs, or cordials shall comply with all of the following:
        (1) A liquor retailer may allow a customer to sample only a combined total of two (2) liquor, liqueur, or cordial samples per day.
        (2) Sample size of liqueurs or cordials may not exceed one-half (1/2) ounce.
        (3) Sample size of liquors may not exceed four-tenths (0.4) ounce.
    (f) A sample size of beer may not exceed six (6) twelve (12) ounces.
     (g) A sample size of flavored malt beverage or hard cider may not exceed six (6) ounces.
SOURCE: IC 7.1-3-10-13; (07)IN1479.1.5. -->     SECTION 5. IC 7.1-3-10-13 IS AMENDED TO READ AS FOLLOWS [EFFECTIVE JULY 1, 2007]: Sec. 13. (a) A liquor dealer permittee who is a proprietor of a package liquor store may allow customers to sample the following:
        (1) Beer.
        (2) Wines.
        (3) Liquors.
        (4) Liqueurs and cordials (as defined in 27 CFR 5.22(h)).
         (5) Flavored malt beverages.
        (6) Hard cider.

    (b) Sampling is permitted:
        (1) only on the package liquor store permit premises; and
        (2) only during the store's regular business hours.
    (c) No charge may be made for the samples provided to the customers.
    (d) Sample size of wines may not exceed one (1) ounce.
    (e) In addition to the other provisions of this section, a proprietor who allows customers to sample liquors, liqueurs, or cordials shall comply with all of the following:
        (1) A proprietor may allow a customer to sample not more than a combined total of two (2) liquor, liqueur, or cordial samples per day.
        (2) Sample size of liqueurs or cordials may not exceed one-half (1/2) ounce.
        (3) Sample size of liquors may not exceed four-tenths (0.4) ounce.
    (f) A sample size of beer may not exceed six (6) twelve (12) ounces.
     (g) A sample size of flavored malt beverage or hard cider may not exceed six (6) ounces.
SOURCE: IC 7.1-3-13-3.5; (07)IN1479.1.6. -->     SECTION 6. IC 7.1-3-13-3.5 IS ADDED TO THE INDIANA CODE AS A NEW SECTION TO READ AS FOLLOWS [EFFECTIVE JULY 1, 2007]: Sec. 3.5. (a) A wine wholesaler may sell wine purchased from an estate sale only if the following requirements are met:
        (1) The primary source of the wine sold at auction:
            (A) is authorized to sell wine in Indiana on the date the wine is resold by the wholesaler;
            (B) is given notice of the purchase by the wine wholesaler; and
            (C) authorizes the wine wholesaler to resell the wine purchased.
        (2) The seller of wine at auction is a bona fide estate of an Indiana decedent.
        (3) Each wine bottle is affixed with a sticker indicating that the wine was purchased from an estate.
    (b) The notice given to the primary source under subsection (a)(1) must include the following information:
        (1) The name of the seller.
        (2) The amount of the product purchased and the sale price at auction.
        (3) The vintage of the wine purchased.
    (c) A wholesaler is not liable for product liability or negligence for wine that the wholesaler sells from an estate auction purchase.

SOURCE: IC 7.1-5-5-9; (07)IN1479.1.7. -->     SECTION 7. IC 7.1-5-5-9, AS AMENDED BY P.L.224-2005, SECTION 31, IS AMENDED TO READ AS FOLLOWS [EFFECTIVE JULY 1, 2007]: Sec. 9. (a) It is unlawful for a beer wholesaler or a primary source of supply to: permittee to (1) coerce, or attempt to coerce, or persuade a beer wholesaler another permittee to enter into an agreement, or to take an action, which will violate, or tend to violate, a provision of this title or of the rules and regulations of the commission. or
    (2) (b) It is unlawful for a beer wholesaler or a primary source of supply to cancel or terminate an agreement or contract between a beer wholesaler and a primary source of supply for the sale of beer, unfairly and without due regard for the equities of the other party.
SOURCE: IC 7.1-5-7-8; (07)IN1479.1.8. -->     SECTION 8. IC 7.1-5-7-8 IS AMENDED TO READ AS FOLLOWS [EFFECTIVE JULY 1, 2007]: Sec. 8. (a) It is a Class C

misdemeanor for A person to who recklessly sell, barter, exchange, provide, or furnish sells, barters, exchanges, provides, or furnishes an alcoholic beverage to a minor commits:
         (1) a Class B misdemeanor if the person is at least twenty-one (21) years of age; and
        (2) a Class C misdemeanor if the person is less than twenty-one (21) years of age.

    (b) This section shall not be construed to impose civil liability upon any educational institution of higher learning, including but not limited to public and private universities and colleges, business schools, vocational schools, and schools for continuing education, or its agents for injury to any person or property sustained in consequence of a violation of this section unless such institution or its agent sells, barters, exchanges, provides, or furnishes an alcoholic beverage to a minor.

SOURCE: IC 7.1-5-10-23; (07)IN1479.1.9. -->     SECTION 9. IC 7.1-5-10-23 IS ADDED TO THE INDIANA CODE AS A NEW SECTION TO READ AS FOLLOWS [EFFECTIVE JULY 1, 2007]: Sec. 23. (a) A wholesaler permittee who knowingly or intentionally sells a brand of alcoholic beverages that the wholesaler permittee has not been authorized to sell by the brand's primary source of supply commits a Class D felony.
    (b) A permittee who is injured as a result of a violation of this section has a private right of action to bring a civil action to recover compensatory damages against the wholesaler permittee who violates this section.

SOURCE: IC 34-30-2-19.5; (07)IN1479.1.10. -->     SECTION 10. IC 34-30-2-19.5 IS ADDED TO THE INDIANA CODE AS A NEW SECTION TO READ AS FOLLOWS [EFFECTIVE JULY 1, 2007]: Sec. 19.5. IC 7.1-3-13-3.5 (Concerning wine purchased at an estate sale and resold by a wine wholesaler).
SOURCE: ; (07)IN1479.1.11. -->     SECTION 11. [EFFECTIVE JULY 1, 2007] IC 7.1-5-7-8, as amended by this act, and IC 7.1-5-10-23, as added by this act, apply only to offenses committed after June 30, 2007.