South Carolina General Assembly
122nd Session, 2017-2018

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A33, R53, S334

STATUS INFORMATION

General Bill
Sponsors: Senators Senn and Kimpson
Document Path: l:\s-res\ss\002base.sp.ss.docx
Companion/Similar bill(s): 3139

Introduced in the Senate on January 31, 2017
Introduced in the House on April 4, 2017
Passed by the General Assembly on May 9, 2017
Governor's Action: May 10, 2017, Signed

Summary: Permits for alcohol at motorsport and tennis events

HISTORY OF LEGISLATIVE ACTIONS

     Date      Body   Action Description with journal page number
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   1/31/2017  Senate  Introduced and read first time (Senate Journal-page 20)
   1/31/2017  Senate  Referred to Committee on Judiciary 
                        (Senate Journal-page 20)
   2/23/2017  Senate  Referred to Subcommittee: Shealy (ch), Hutto, Senn
   3/22/2017  Senate  Committee report: Favorable Judiciary 
                        (Senate Journal-page 10)
   3/23/2017          Scrivener's error corrected
   3/29/2017  Senate  Read second time (Senate Journal-page 38)
   3/29/2017  Senate  Roll call Ayes-37  Nays-0 (Senate Journal-page 38)
   3/30/2017  Senate  Read third time and sent to House 
                        (Senate Journal-page 25)
    4/4/2017  House   Introduced and read first time (House Journal-page 7)
    4/4/2017  House   Referred to Committee on Judiciary (House Journal-page 7)
   4/26/2017  House   Committee report: Favorable with amendment Judiciary 
                        (House Journal-page 112)
   4/27/2017  House   Requests for debate-Rep(s). Delleney, Hiott, Clary, 
                        Bannister, McCoy, Blackwell, Toole, Cole, Bedingfield, 
                        GR Smith, Magnuson, Crosby, Bennett, Forrester, Kirby, 
                        West, Willis, Pope (House Journal-page 32)
    5/4/2017  House   Read second time (House Journal-page 64)
    5/4/2017  House   Roll call Yeas-55  Nays-46 (House Journal-page 72)
    5/9/2017  House   Read third time and enrolled (House Journal-page 142)
    5/9/2017          Ratified R 53
   5/10/2017          Signed By Governor
   5/17/2017          Effective date 05/10/17
   5/18/2017          Act No. 33

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VERSIONS OF THIS BILL

1/31/2017
3/22/2017
3/23/2017
4/26/2017

(Text matches printed bills. Document has been reformatted to meet World Wide Web specifications.)

(A33, R53, S334)

AN ACT TO AMEND SECTIONS 61-4-515 AND 61-6-2016, CODE OF LAWS OF SOUTH CAROLINA, 1976, RELATING TO PERMITS TO PURCHASE AND SELL BEER AND WINE AND ALCOHOLIC LIQUORS, RESPECTIVELY, FOR ON-PREMISES CONSUMPTION AND A BIENNIAL LICENSE TO PURCHASE ALCOHOLIC LIQUORS BY THE DRINK AT A MOTORSPORTS ENTERTAINMENT COMPLEX OR TENNIS SPECIFIC COMPLEX, SO AS TO INCLUDE CERTAIN BASEBALL COMPLEXES IN THE PURVIEW OF THE STATUTES, AND TO PROVIDE A DEFINITION FOR "BASEBALL COMPLEX".

Be it enacted by the General Assembly of the State of South Carolina:

Beer and wine, licenses, baseball complexes

SECTION    1.    Section 61-4-515 of the 1976 Code, as added by Act 199 of 2014, is amended to read:

"Section 61-4-515.    (A)    In addition to the permits authorized pursuant to the provisions of this article, the department also may issue a biennial permit to the owner, or his designee, of a motorsports entertainment complex, tennis specific complex, or baseball complex located in this State, which authorizes the purchase and sale for on-premises consumption of beer and wine at any occasion held on the grounds of the complex year round on any day of the week. The nonrefundable filing fee and the fees for the motorsports, tennis complex, or baseball complex biennial permit are the same as for other biennial permits for on-premises consumption of beer and wine, with the revenue therefrom used for the purposes provided in Section 61-4-510. Notwithstanding another provision of this article, the issuance of this permit authorizes the permit holder to purchase beer and wine from licensed wholesalers in the same manner that a person with appropriate licenses issued pursuant to this title purchases beer and wine from licensed wholesalers. The department in its discretion may specify the terms and conditions of the permit, pursuant to the provisions of Chapter 4, Title 61, and other applicable provisions under Title 61.

(B)    The department may require such proof of qualifications for the issuance of these permits as it considers necessary, pursuant to the provisions of Chapter 4, Title 61, and these permits may be issued whether or not the motorsports entertainment complex, tennis specific complex, or baseball complex is located in a county or municipality which pursuant to Section 61-6-2010 successfully has held a referendum allowing the possession, sale, and consumption of beer or wine or alcoholic liquors by the drink for a period not to exceed twenty-four hours.

(C)    The owner or designee of the motorsports entertainment complex, the tennis specific complex, or the baseball complex may designate particular areas within the complex where patrons of events who have paid an admission price to attend or guests who are attending private functions at the complex, whether or not a charge for attendance is made, may possess and consume beer and wine provided at their own expense or at the expense of the sponsor of the private function.

(D)    For purposes of this section:

(1)    'Motorsports entertainment complex' has the same meaning as provided in Section 12-21-2425.

(2)    'Tennis specific complex' means a tennis facility, and its ancillary grounds and facilities, which satisfies all of the following:

(a)    has at least ten thousand fixed seats for tennis patrons;

(b)    hosted one Women's Tennis Association Premier tournament in 2013 and continues to host at least one Women's Tennis Association Premier tournament in each year, or any successor Women's Tennis Association tournament; and

(c)    engages in tourism promotion.

(3)    'Baseball complex' means a baseball stadium, along with its ancillary grounds and facilities, that hosts a professional minor league baseball team."

Alcoholic liquor, licenses, baseball complexes

SECTION    2.    Section 61-6-2016 of the 1976 Code, as added by Act 199 of 2014, is amended to read:

"Section 61-6-2016.    (A)    In addition to the other provisions of this chapter, the owner, or his designee, of a motorsports entertainment complex, tennis specific complex, or baseball complex that is located in this State may be issued, upon application, a biennial license that authorizes the purchase and sale for on-premises consumption of alcoholic liquors by the drink at any occasion held on the grounds of the complex under the same terms and conditions provided in Section 61-4-515, and the nonrefundable filing fee and license fee are the same as for other biennial licenses issued by the department for on-premises consumption of alcoholic liquors by the drink. In the event that the owner or his designee applies for both a permit to purchase and sell for on-premises consumption beer and wine and a license to purchase and sell for on-premises consumption alcoholic liquors by the drink, only one fee is required, which is the same as the fee for the fifty-two week local option permit under Section 61-6-2010 with the revenue therefrom used for the same purposes as provided in Section 61-6-2010.

(B)    The department may require such proof of qualifications for the issuance of these licenses as it considers necessary, pursuant to the provisions of Chapter 6, Title 61, and these licenses may be issued whether or not the motorsports entertainment complex, tennis specific complex, or baseball complex is located in a county or municipality, which pursuant to Section 61-6-2010 has successfully held a referendum allowing the possession, sale, and consumption of beer or wine or alcoholic liquors by the drink for a period not to exceed twenty-four hours.

(C)    The owner or designee of the motorsports entertainment complex, the tennis specific complex, or the baseball complex may designate particular areas within the complex where patrons of events who have paid an admission price to attend or guests who are attending private functions at the complex, whether or not a charge for attendance is made, may possess and consume alcoholic liquors by the drink provided at their own expense or at the expense of the sponsor of the private function.

(D)    For purposes of this section:

(1)    'Motorsports entertainment complex' has the same meaning as provided in Section 12-21-2425.

(2)    'Tennis specific complex' means a tennis facility, and its ancillary grounds and facilities, that satisfies all of the following:

(a)    has at least ten thousand fixed seats for tennis patrons;

(b)    hosted one Women's Tennis Association Premier tournament in 2013 and continues to host at least one Women's Tennis Association Premier tournament in each year, or any successor Women's Tennis Association tournament; and

(c)    engages in tourism promotion.

(3)    'Baseball complex' means a baseball stadium, along with its ancillary grounds and facilities, that hosts a professional minor league baseball team."

Time effective

SECTION    3.    This act takes effect upon approval by the Governor.

Ratified the 9th day of May, 2017.

Approved the 10th day of May, 2017.

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