This bill codifies portions of the Second and Nineteenth Modifications of the Governor's Declaration of State of Emergency due to COVID-19 concerning food and drink establishments. Food and drink establishments suffered great losses since March, 2020 due to the pandemic including millions of dollars in lost sales and the loss of an estimated 30,000 jobs in this State. This purpose of this bill is to continue efforts to try and mitigate the losses this industry has suffered. This bill does all of the following: (1) allows an entity that has a valid on-premise license to sell alcohol to continue to alcoholic beverages as part of transactions for take-out, curbside, or drive-through food service so long as certain conditions are met; (2) allows a licensee to continue to use outdoor seating for serving of food and drinks so long as the licensee satisfies certain conditions; (3) allows the Commissioner to temporarily suspend a license only if the Commissioner has reasonable grounds to believe that public's safety is at risk and there has been a violation of the law; and (4) allows the Commissioner to hold hearings by electronic, telephonic, or remote means. This Act is effective until March 31, 2021. Any expansion of outdoor seating for serving of food and drinks that meets the requirements of the Paragraph A.2 of the 19th Modification of the State of Emergency Declaration, or any subsequent modification that increases total outdoor seating capacity, is not a substantive change through March 31, 2021 even if the State of Emergency is no longer in effect, which means no additional applications are required.
Signed by Governor
Passed By Senate. Votes: 21 YES
Suspension of Rules in Senate
Passed By House. Votes: 41 YES
Amendment HA 1 to HB 349 - Passed By House. Votes: 41 YES
Suspension of Rules in House
Amendment HA 1 to HB 349 - Introduced and Placed With Bill
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