Legislature(2017 - 2018)BARNES 124

02/14/2018 03:15 PM LABOR & COMMERCE

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Moved CSHB 299(L&C) Out of Committee
Moved CSHB 301(L&C) Out of Committee
         HB 301-ALCOHOL LIC.: BEV DISPENSARY/RESTAURANT                                                                     
3:42:37 PM                                                                                                                    
CHAIR KITO   announced that the final order of  business would be                                                               
HOUSE BILL NO. 301, "An Act  relating to the renewal and transfer                                                               
of ownership  of a beverage  dispensary license or  restaurant or                                                               
eating place license."                                                                                                          
3:44:56 PM                                                                                                                    
REPRESENTATIVE WOOL moved  to adopt CS for HB 301  as the working                                                               
3:45:13 PM                                                                                                                    
CHAIR KITO  asked for a  review of  the changes in  the committee                                                               
REPRESENTATIVE WOOL  gave an  overview of  the proposed  bill and                                                               
changes.   He  stated it  would add  language regarding  how many                                                               
hours  beverage   dispensary  licensed  premises  must   be  open                                                               
throughout the year.   He said the requirement  would change from                                                               
30 8-hour  days to 240  total hours.  He  added that the  list of                                                               
types  of  licenses  that  communities   could  opt  out  of  was                                                               
3:46:49 PM                                                                                                                    
LAURA  STIDOLPH, Staff,  Representative Adam  Wool, Alaska  State                                                               
Legislature,  introduced the  changes to  HB 301.   She  restated                                                               
that  the   committee  substitute   would  capture  a   few  more                                                               
businesses that were not addressed in the previous version.                                                                     
3:47:40 PM                                                                                                                    
REPRESENTATIVE BIRCH asked for the total number of licenses.                                                                    
MS. STIDOLPH  answered there  were 30  under the  pre-1985 status                                                               
quo.   She explained the  changes to  the original version  of HB
301 [covered in the Sectional Analysis, below].                                                                                 
3:49:28 PM                                                                                                                    
REPRESENTATIVE JOSEPHSON  asked for confirmation that  the effect                                                               
of the  changes would  be to  prevent transferred  licensees from                                                               
having to expand their premises.                                                                                                
MS.  STIDOLPH  answered in  the  affirmative.    She went  on  to                                                               
paraphrase  the  sectional  analysis  of  version  M  of  HB  301                                                               
[included in committee packet],  which reads as follows [original                                                               
punctuation provided]:                                                                                                          
     Section  1    Amends  AS 04.11.330(a)  by changing  the                                                                    
     annual operating hours  requirement for license holders                                                                    
     from 30 eight-hour days to 240 hours.                                                                                      
     Section  2 -  Amends  04.11.360 by  adding language  to                                                                    
     ensure that an application may  not be denied because a                                                                    
     prospective  transferee  does not  have  qualifications                                                                    
     required under AS 4.11.400(d)(1).                                                                                          
     Section 3    Amends AS 04.11.400(d)  by adding language                                                                    
     to  allow for  renewal or  transfer of  ownership of  a                                                                    
     tourism  beverage  dispensary  license  if  the  holder                                                                    
     operates a  hotel, motel,  resort, or  similar business                                                                    
     in the  tourist trade;  has a licensed  dining facility                                                                    
     or  kitchen  facilities in  a  majority  of its  rental                                                                    
     rooms and maintains the minimum  number of rental rooms                                                                    
     that it had  at time of initial licensure  or that were                                                                    
     required   at  initial   licensure.  Also   allows  for                                                                    
     premises inside an airport terminal.                                                                                       
     Section 4  - Amends AS  04.11.491(a) to add  an outdoor                                                                    
     recreation lodge  license to  the licenses that  may be                                                                    
     approved by voters in a  municipality on a local option                                                                    
     Section 5    Amends AS  04.11.491(b) to add  an outdoor                                                                    
     recreation lodge  license to  the licenses that  may be                                                                    
     approved  by  voters in  an  established  village on  a                                                                    
     local option ballot.                                                                                                       
     Section  6    Applicability  - Section  4  & Section  5                                                                    
     apply  to  outdoor  recreation  lodge  licenses  issued                                                                    
     before, on, or after the effective date of this Act.                                                                       
3:53:07 PM                                                                                                                    
REPRESENTATIVE  JOSEPHSON asked  whether  the outdoor  recreation                                                               
lodge license already existed in statute.                                                                                       
MS. STIDOLPH answered in the  affirmative.  She added the outdoor                                                               
lodge license needed to be added to the list for local options.                                                                 
3:53:49 PM                                                                                                                    
REPRESENTATIVE KNOPP  asked whether  the director  understood the                                                               
intent of  the bill and  whether she  thought the issue  would be                                                               
resolved for the 34 licensees who were currently in jeopardy.                                                                   
ERIKA McCONNELL,  Director, Alcohol and Marijuana  Control Office                                                               
(AMCO),  stated the  intent was  very  clear and  the issues  for                                                               
those licensees would be resolved.                                                                                              
3:54:45 PM                                                                                                                    
REPRESENTATIVE  JOSEPHSON asked  whether the  license holders  of                                                               
future roadhouses  would have  to adhere  to the  requirement for                                                               
rooms under the demographic area for the unorganized boroughs.                                                                  
MS. McCONNELL  answered that they  would have to meet  the rental                                                               
rooms requirement for their population area.                                                                                    
REPRESENTATIVE WOOL  specified that  the requirements  were "new"                                                               
since 1985.                                                                                                                     
3:56:03 PM                                                                                                                    
CHAIR KITO removed his objection.                                                                                               
CHAIR KITO stated that public  testimony had remained open from a                                                               
previous hearing.   Upon ascertaining  that no one  was available                                                               
to testify, he closed public testimony on HB 301.                                                                               
REPRESENTATIVE JOSEPHSON  said he thought the  changes constitute                                                               
"a good fix."                                                                                                                   
REPRESENTATIVE   SULLIVAN-LEONARD   acknowledged   Representative                                                               
Rauscher's contribution to the bill.                                                                                            
3:57:46 PM                                                                                                                    
REPRESENTATIVE JOSEPHSON moved to report  HB 301 out of committee                                                               
with  individual  recommendations  and  the  accompanying  fiscal                                                               
notes.  There being no objection, it was so ordered.                                                                            

Document Name Date/Time Subjects
HB299 Support Letters 2.1.18.pdf HL&C 2/14/2018 3:15:00 PM
HB 299
HB299 Wool Amendment A.2 2.8.18.pdf HL&C 2/14/2018 3:15:00 PM
HB 299
HB301 version M.pdf HL&C 2/14/2018 3:15:00 PM
HB 301
HB301 Support Letters 2.12.18.pdf HL&C 2/14/2018 3:15:00 PM
HB 301
HB301 ver M Sectional Analysis 2.12.18.pdf HL&C 2/14/2018 3:15:00 PM
HB 301