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AB-1046 Licenses: sale of soju or shochu.(2017-2018)

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Date Published: 02/16/2017 09:00 PM
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Revised  April 12, 2017

CALIFORNIA LEGISLATURE— 2017–2018 REGULAR SESSION

Assembly Bill No. 1046


Introduced by Assembly Member Choi
(Coauthor: Assembly Member Ridley-Thomas)
(Coauthor: Senator Wieckowski)

February 16, 2017


An act to amend Section 23398.5 of the Business and Professions Code, relating to alcoholic beverages.


LEGISLATIVE COUNSEL'S DIGEST


AB 1046, as introduced, Choi. Licenses: sale of soju or shochu.
The Alcoholic Beverage Control Act provides for the issuance of various categories of alcoholic beverage licenses, including the imposition of fees, conditions, and restrictions in connection with the issuance of those licenses. The act provides that any on-sale licensee authorized to sell wine may also sell soju, an imported Korean alcoholic beverage that contains not more than 24% of alcohol by volume and is derived from agricultural products.
This bill would provide that any on-sale licensee authorized to sell wine may also sell shochu that contains not more than 24% alcohol by volume. The bill would define soju and shochu as distilled spirits produced from agricultural products that are traditionally associated with Korea and Japan, respectively, but would not require that soju or shochu be produced in Korea, Japan, or any other specified location.
Vote: MAJORITY   Appropriation: NO   Fiscal Committee: YES   Local Program: NO  

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


SECTION 1.

 Section 23398.5 of the Business and Professions Code is amended to read:

23398.5.
 (a) Any on-sale license, issued pursuant to this division that authorizes the sale of wine, also authorizes the sale of soju, an imported Korean alcoholic beverage soju and shochu that contains not more than 24 percent of alcohol by volume and is derived from agricultural products. volume.
(b) Soju and shochu are distilled spirits produced from agricultural products that are traditionally associated with Korea and Japan, respectively. Nothing in this section requires that soju or shochu be produced in Korea, Japan, or any other specified location.

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