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AB-522 Alcoholic beverages: charitable organizations: raffles.(2017-2018)

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Date Published: 02/13/2017 09:00 PM
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CALIFORNIA LEGISLATURE— 2017–2018 REGULAR SESSION

Assembly Bill No. 522


Introduced by Assembly Member Cunningham

February 13, 2017


An act to amend Section 24045.6 of the Business and Professions Code, relating to alcoholic beverages.


LEGISLATIVE COUNSEL'S DIGEST


AB 522, as introduced, Cunningham. Alcoholic beverages: charitable organizations: raffles.
The Alcoholic Beverage Control Act, administrated by the Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control, prohibits any licensee from giving any premium, gift, or free goods in connection with the sale or distribution of any alcoholic beverage, but permits alcoholic beverages to be provided in consumer contests and sweepstakes subject to specified conditions. Existing law permits the department to issue a special temporary on-sale or off-sale beer or wine license to certain nonprofit corporations that entitles the licensee to sell beer or wine, as specified. Existing law generally makes it a misdemeanor for a person to sell chances in a lottery, but excepts from this prohibition a charitable organization that has been registered with the Department of Justice that conducts a raffle pursuant to certain requirements.
This bill would provide that a charitable organization, as defined, that has obtained a raffle registration from the Department of Justice and to which has been issued a special temporary on-sale or off-sale beer or wine license, may hold a raffle involving a prize of alcoholic beverages without violating the Alcoholic Beverage Control Act.
Vote: MAJORITY   Appropriation: NO   Fiscal Committee: YES   Local Program: NO  

The people of the State of California do enact as follows:


SECTION 1.

 Section 24045.6 of the Business and Professions Code is amended to read:

24045.6.
 (a) The department may issue a special temporary on-sale or off-sale beer or wine license to any nonprofit corporation that is exempt from payment of income taxes under Section 23701d or 23701e of the Revenue and Taxation Code and Section 501(c)(3) or 501(c)(6) of the Internal Revenue Code. An applicant for this license shall accompany the application with a fee of one hundred dollars ($100).
(b) This special license shall only entitle the licensee to sell beer or wine bought by, or donated to, the licensee to a consumer and to any person holding a license authorizing the sale of beer or wine. Notwithstanding any other provision of this division, a licensee may donate or sell beer or wine to a nonprofit corporation that obtains a special temporary on-sale or off-sale license under this section, provided that the donation is not made in connection with a sale of an alcoholic beverage.
(c) This special license shall be for a period not exceeding 15 days. In the event the license under this section is issued for a period exceeding two days, it shall be used solely for retail sales in conjunction with an identifiable fundraising event sponsored or conducted by the licensee and all bottles of beer or wine sold under this license shall bear a label prominently identifying the event. Only three special licenses authorized by this section shall be issued to any corporation in a calendar year.
(d) Notwithstanding any other law, a nonprofit issued a special temporary on-sale or off-sale beer or wine license that obtains a raffle registration from the Department of Justice pursuant to Section 320.5 of the Penal Code may hold a raffle involving a prize of alcoholic beverages without violating this division.