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SB21-134

Retail Liquor Stores Additional Licenses

Concerning the ability of a retail liquor store licensee to obtain additional retail liquor store licenses.
Session:
2021 Regular Session
Subject:
Liquor, Tobacco, & Marijuana
Bill Summary

Under current law, a retail liquor store licensee that was licensed on or before January 1, 2016, and is a Colorado resident is permitted to obtain one additional retail liquor store license on or after January 1, 2017; 2 additional retail liquor store licenses on or after January 1, 2022; and 3 additional retail liquor store licenses on or after January 1, 2027.

The bill modifies the provisions governing the ability of a retail liquor store to obtain additional retail liquor store licenses as follows:

  • Retains the ability of a retail liquor store owner that applied for a license on or before January 1, 2016, to obtain one additional retail liquor store license on or after January 1, 2017, but removes the requirement that the licensee be a Colorado resident;
  • On or after the effective date of the bill, mirrors the multiple license provisions applicable to liquor-licensed drugstore licenses by allowing a retail liquor store owner to obtain: A maximum of 5 total retail liquor store licenses between the effective date of the bill and December 31, 2021; a maximum of 8 total retail liquor store licenses between January 1, 2022, and December 31, 2026; a maximum of 13 total retail liquor store licenses between January 1, 2027, and December 31, 2031; a maximum of 20 total retail liquor store licenses between January 1, 2032, and December 31, 2036; and an unlimited number of retail liquor store licenses on or after January 1, 2037; and
  • For additional licenses obtained on or after the effective date of the bill, requires a person seeking additional licenses to apply to transfer ownership of, change location of, and merge at least 2 retail liquor store licenses located within the same local licensing authority jurisdiction as the applicant's premises into a single retail liquor store license.

Additionally, the bill prohibits a retail liquor store from allowing customers to use a self-checkout to complete an alcohol beverage purchase and requires a retail liquor store to:

  • Verify the age of a customer attempting to purchase an alcohol beverage by examining the customer's valid identification; and
  • Maintain certification as a responsible alcohol beverage vendor.

The bill sets state and local application fees for a retail liquor store licensee applying for a transfer of ownership, change of location, and merger of 2 retail liquor store licenses.


(Note: This summary applies to this bill as introduced.)

Status

Introduced
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Sponsors

Sponsor Type Legislators
Prime Sponsor

Sen. J. Bridges, Sen. P. Lundeen
Rep. M. Gray, Rep. C. Larson

Sponsor

Sen. J. Coleman, Sen. L. Liston, Sen. K. Priola, Sen. F. Winter

Co-sponsor

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