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Bill Number: 521 Ratification Number: 127 Act Number 89 Introducing Body: Senate Subject: Enforcement of the alcoholic beverage control laws
(A89, R127, S521)
AN ACT TO AMEND CHAPTER 13 OF TITLE 61, CODE OF LAWS OF SOUTH CAROLINA, 1976, RELATING TO ENFORCEMENT OF THE ALCOHOLIC BEVERAGE CONTROL LAWS, BY ADDING SECTION 61-13-885 SO AS TO REQUIRE EVERY PERSON ENGAGED IN THE BUSINESS OF SELLING BEER, WINE, OR LIQUOR AT RETAIL TO POST CERTAIN SIGNS PERTAINING TO UNLAWFUL PURCHASE OR POSSESSION IN EVERY LOCATION FOR WHICH HE HAS OBTAINED A LICENSE OR PERMIT, AND TO PROVIDE PENALTIES FOR VIOLATION, AND TO REPEAL SECTIONS 61-9-75 AND 61-9-455 RELATING TO THE REQUIREMENT THAT CERTAIN SIMILAR SIGNS BE POSTED IN RETAIL BEER OR WINE ESTABLISHMENTS.
Be it enacted by the General Assembly of the State of South Carolina:
SECTION 1. Chapter 13, Title 61 of the 1976 Code is amended by adding:
"Section 61-13-885. Every person engaged in the business of selling at retail beer, wine, or liquor shall post in every location for which he has obtained a license or permit a sign with the following words printed thereon: 'The possession of beer, wine, or liquor, by anyone under twenty-one years of age, is a criminal offense under the laws of this State, and it is also unlawful for any person to knowingly give false information concerning his age for the purpose of purchasing beer, wine, or liquor.' The Alcoholic Beverage Control Commission shall prescribe by regulation the size of the lettering and the location of the sign on the seller's premises.
Any retail seller of beer, wine, or liquor who fails to display the sign required by the provisions of this section is guilty of a misdemeanor and, upon conviction, must be fined not more than one hundred dollars or imprisoned for not more than thirty days."
SECTION 2. Sections 61-9-75 and 61-9-455 of the 1976 Code are repealed.
SECTION 3. This act takes effect upon approval by the Governor.