An Act Regarding Maine's Liquor Laws
Sec. 1. 28-A MRSA §9, as amended by PL 1997, c. 373, §24, is repealed.
Sec. 2. 28-A MRSA §1355-A, sub-§2, ¶D, as amended by PL 2017, c. 34, §1, is further amended to read:
(1) Sales made in accordance with this paragraph do not require a licensee under this section to obtain an additional retail license under chapter 45.
(2) Liquor sold in accordance with this paragraph may not be consumed anywhere on the licensed premises.
(3) The area of the licensed premises where a licensee opts to transact sales for off-premises consumption is not required to be separate from and may be accessed from by the same entrance used to access an for the area licensed for on-premises consumption of liquor under chapter 43 in accordance with paragraph I.
Sec. 3. 28-A MRSA §1355-A, sub-§2, ¶I, as amended by PL 2017, c. 280, §1, is further amended to read:
(2) The retail license authorizes the sale of products of the brewery, small brewery, winery, small winery, distillery or small distillery, in addition to other liquor permitted to be sold under the retail license, to be consumed on the premises.
(3) All records related to activities under a manufacturer license issued under this section must be kept separate from records related to the retail license.
(4) A distillery or small distillery must meet the requirements of subsection 5, paragraphs D and E.
(5) The licensee shall ensure that products purchased for off-premises consumption under paragraph D are not consumed on the licensed premises.
Sec. 4. 28-A MRSA §1355-A, sub-§2-A, as enacted by PL 2017, c. 280, §2, is repealed.
This bill clarifies provisions in existing law authorizing a licensed manufacturer to hold a license for a retail establishment where liquor is consumed on the premises. The bill also repeals a provision that requires the Department of Administrative and Financial Services, Bureau of Alcoholic Beverages and Lottery Operations to establish rules for the separation of areas where the privilege of a liquor license may be exercised from where it may not be exercised.