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SB-384 Alcoholic beverages: hours of sale.(2017-2018)



SECTION 1.
 The Legislature finds and declares all of the following:
(a) It is the policy of the state to promote the responsible consumption of alcoholic beverages through making multiple planning options available to local communities and entertainment areas of the state, including the option of extended services hours up to a limit of 4 a.m. in communities and areas of the state where those extended hours are found by the governing body of the responsible community to be proper and appropriate.
(b) At least 15 states across the country delegate complete or partial authority for setting service hours to local jurisdictions or allow local jurisdictions to extend the hours of service, subject to state approval.
(c) The Legislature supports a well-planned and managed nightlife that can have a profound positive impact on a local economy, generating direct tax revenues, and growing public funds through revitalized business districts, and increased tourism.
(d) The Legislature supports the world-renowned California licensed restaurant, venue, and entertainment industry, which generates more than $50 billion every year in consumer spending in California communities on jobs, goods and services, and related industries, and that attracts world-class acts as well as tourists to visit and enjoy California.
(e) The Legislature has determined that it is in the best interest of the State of California for extended hours of operation policies to be administered by the Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control in connection with applications for additional hour privileges, with the fees for those applications to be determined and assessed by the department at a rate that will fully reimburse the department for administrative expenses.

SEC. 2.

 Section 25631 of the Business and Professions Code is amended to read:

25631.
 Any (a)  (1)  Except as provided in subdivision (b), any  on- or off-sale licensee, or agent or employee of that licensee, who sells, gives, or delivers to any persons any alcoholic beverage or any person who knowingly purchases any alcoholic beverage between the hours of 2 o’clock  a.m. and 6 o’clock  a.m. of the same day, is guilty of a misdemeanor.
(2)  For the purposes of this section, subdivision,  on the day that a time change occurs from Pacific standard time to Pacific daylight saving time, or back again to Pacific standard time, “2 o’clock  a.m.” means two hours after midnight of the day preceding the day such change occurs.
(b) (1) Beginning January 1, 2020, and before January 1, 2025, in a city, county, or city and county that has additional serving hours pursuant to Section 25634, any on-sale licensee, or agent or employee of the licensee, who sells or gives to any person any alcoholic beverage or any person who knowingly purchases any alcoholic beverage between the hours of 4 a.m. and 6 a.m. of the same day, is guilty of a misdemeanor.
(2) For the purposes of this subdivision, on the day that a time change occurs from Pacific standard time to Pacific daylight saving time, or back again to Pacific standard time, “4 a.m.” means four hours after 12 midnight of the day preceding the day the change occurs.
(c) This section shall remain in effect only until December 31, 2024, and as of that date is repealed, unless a later enacted statute that is enacted before December 31, 2024, deletes or extends that date.

SEC. 3.

 Section 25631 is added to the Business and Professions Code, to read:

25631.
 (a) Any on- or off-sale licensee, or agent or employee of that licensee, who sells, gives, or delivers to any persons any alcoholic beverage or any person who knowingly purchases any alcoholic beverage between the hours of 2 o’clock a.m. and 6 o’clock a.m. of the same day, is guilty of a misdemeanor.
For the purposes of this section, on the day that a time change occurs from Pacific standard time to Pacific daylight saving time, or back again to Pacific standard time, “2 o’clock a.m.” means two hours after midnight of the day preceding the day such change occurs.
(b) This section shall be operative January 1, 2025.

SEC. 4.

 Section 25634 is added to the Business and Professions Code, to read:

25634.
 (a) Beginning January 1, 2020, notwithstanding Section 25631, the department may issue an additional hours license that would authorize, with or without conditions, the selling, giving, or purchasing of alcoholic beverages at an individual on-sale licensed premises between the hours of 2 a.m. and 4 a.m. within a city, county, or a city and county if the local governing body of that city, county, or city and county does the following:
(1) Designates a task force comprised of members, including at least one member of law enforcement and one additional member of the California Highway Patrol, to develop a local plan that meets all of the following requirements:
(A) Shows that the public convenience or necessity will be served by the additional hours.
(B) Identifies the area that will be affected by the additional hours and demonstrates how that area will benefit from the additional hours.
(C) Shows that residents and businesses within the additional hours service area support the additional hours, pursuant to a determination by the local governing body.
(D) Includes an assessment by local law enforcement regarding the potential impact of an additional hours service area and the public safety plan, created by local law enforcement, for managing those impacts that has been approved by the local governing body. The assessment shall include crime statistics, data derived from police reports, emergency medical response data, sanitation reports, and public health reports related to the additional hours service area.
(E) Shows that transportation services are readily accessible in the additional hours service area during the additional service hours.
(F) Includes programs to increase public awareness of the transportation services available and unavailable in the additional hours service area and the impacts of alcohol consumption.
(2) Based upon its independent assessment, adopts an ordinance that satisfies the elements of the local plan, including the requirements of subparagraphs (A) to (F), inclusive, of paragraph (1), and submits the ordinance to the department.
(b) Upon receipt of an ordinance adopted pursuant to paragraph (2) of subdivision (a), including documentation regarding protests to the ordinance, the department shall review the ordinance to ensure compliance with paragraph (1) of subdivision (a) and existing law.
(c) (1) An on-sale licensee shall not apply for an additional hours license pursuant to this section until the department has received the ordinance adopted pursuant to paragraph (2) of subdivision (a).
(2) An on-sale licensee that has conditions on the license that restrict the hours of sale, service, or consumption of alcohol to a time earlier than 2 a.m. shall not be eligible for an additional hours license authorizing the sale, service, or consumption of alcoholic beverages after 2 a.m. for any day or days of the week during which a restriction exists.
(3) An on-sale licensee issued an additional hours permit pursuant to this section shall require that all persons engaged in the sale or service of alcohol during the additional hours period complete a responsible beverage training course.
(4) Notwithstanding Section 23401, off-sale privileges shall not be exercised during the additional hours period allowed pursuant to the additional hours license.
(5) An additional hours license is not transferable between on-sale licensed premises.
(d) (1) Upon receipt of an application by an on-sale licensee for an additional hours license pursuant to this section, the department shall make a thorough investigation, including whether the additional hours license sought by the applicant would unreasonably interfere with the quiet enjoyment of their property by the residents of the city, county, or city and county in which the applicant’s licensed premises are located, and may deny an application in the same manner as provided in Section 23958.
(2) The applicant shall notify the law enforcement agencies of the city, county, or city and county, the residents of the city, county, or city and county located within 500 feet of the premises for which an additional hours license is sought, and any other interested parties, as determined by the local governing body, of the application by an on-sale licensee for an additional hours license pursuant to this section within 30 consecutive days of the filing of the application, in a manner determined by the local governing body.
(3) Protests may be filed at any office of the department within 30 days from the first date of notice of the filing of an application by an on-sale licensee for an additional hours license. The time within which a local law enforcement agency may file a protest shall be extended by the period prescribed in Section 23987.
(4) The department may reject protests, except protests made by a public agency or public official, if it determines the protests are false, vexatious, frivolous, or without reasonable or probable cause at any time before hearing thereon, notwithstanding Section 24300. If, after investigation, the department recommends that an additional hours license be issued notwithstanding a protest by a public agency or a public official, the department shall notify the agency or official in writing of its determination and the reasons therefor, in conjunction with the notice of hearing provided to the protestant pursuant to Section 11509 of the Government Code. If the department rejects a protest as provided in this section, a protestant whose protest has been rejected may, within 10 days, file an accusation with the department alleging the grounds of protest as a cause for revocation of the additional hours license and the department shall hold a hearing as provided in Chapter 5 (commencing with Section 11500) of Part 1 of Division 3 of Title 2 of the Government Code.
(5) This section shall not be construed as prohibiting or restricting any right that the individual making the protest might have to a judicial proceeding.
(e) (1) If, after investigation, the department recommends that an additional hours license be issued, with or without conditions, notwithstanding that one or more protests have been accepted by the department, the department shall notify the local governing body and all protesting parties whose protests have been accepted in writing of its determination.
(2) Any person who has filed a verified protest in a timely fashion pursuant to subdivision (d) that has been accepted pursuant to this section may request that the department conduct a hearing on the issue or issues raised in the protest. The request shall be in writing and shall be filed with the department within 15 business days of the date the department notifies the protesting party of its determination as required under paragraph (1).
(3) At any time prior to the issuance of the additional hours license, the department may, in its discretion, accept a late request for a hearing upon a showing of good cause. Any determination of the department pursuant to this subdivision shall not be an issue at the hearing nor grounds for appeal or review.
(4) If a request for a hearing is filed with the department pursuant to paragraph (2), the department shall schedule a hearing on the protest. The issues to be determined at the hearing shall be limited to those issues raised in the protest or protests of the person or persons requesting the hearing.
(5) Notwithstanding that a hearing is held pursuant to paragraph (4), the protest or protests of any person or persons who did not request a hearing as authorized in this section shall be deemed withdrawn.
(6) If a request for a hearing is not filed with the department pursuant to this section, any protest or protests shall be deemed withdrawn and the department may approve the on-sale licensee’s application for an additional hours license without any further proceeding.
(7) If the person filing the request for a hearing fails to appear at the hearing, the protest shall be deemed withdrawn.
(f) (1) The department shall notify the applicant of the outcome of the application for an additional hours license. Any conditions placed on the on-sale license shall apply to the additional hours license. Any additional conditions placed upon the additional hours license pursuant to this section shall be subject to Article 1.5 (commencing with Section 23800).
(2) The premises for which an additional hours license is issued shall be restricted to patrons 21 years of age or older during the additional hours period. Any person under 21 years of age who enters and remains in the licensed premises during the additional hours period without lawful business therein is guilty of a misdemeanor and shall be punished by a fine of not less than two hundred dollars ($200), no part of which shall be suspended. This provision does not prohibit the presence on the licensed premises of a person under 21 years of age that is otherwise authorized by law.
(3) Section 24203 applies to an additional hours license issued pursuant to this section. An additional hours license may be suspended or revoked separately from the on-sale license.
(g) (1) The applicant shall, at the time of application for an additional hours license pursuant to this section, accompany the application with a nonrefundable fee of two thousand five hundred dollars ($2,500). Fees collected pursuant to this section shall be deposited in the Alcohol Beverage Control Fund.
(2) An original and annual fee for an additional hours license issued pursuant to this section shall be two thousand five hundred dollars ($2,500). Thirty percent of each original and annual fee shall be used to fund a local grant program to provide assistance to local law enforcement to be developed and administered by the department.
(h) The department shall adopt rules and regulations to enforce the provisions of this section.
(i) This section shall remain in effect only until January 1, 2025, and as of that date is repealed.
SEC. 5.
 It is the intent of the Legislature to provide moneys to law enforcement in areas in which additional hours licenses are issued to contribute to reducing the costs of additional law enforcement activities related to those licenses.
SEC. 6.
 No reimbursement is required by this act pursuant to Section 6 of Article XIII B of the California Constitution because the only costs that may be incurred by a local agency or school district will be incurred because this act creates a new crime or infraction, eliminates a crime or infraction, or changes the penalty for a crime or infraction, within the meaning of Section 17556 of the Government Code, or changes the definition of a crime within the meaning of Section 6 of Article XIII B of the California Constitution.