Permit relief, fee extensions, equal treatment, and changes to the NC ABC system are top of our list. The North Carolina Bar Owners Association and Logan Martin have spearheaded bills to reinstate canceled permits, to offer permit fee refunds and relief, and will introduce bills to reopen private bars to the same standards as restaurant bars, breweries, wineries, private clubs, and hotel bars across the state. These bills have received overwhelming bipartisan support and offer a strong base for our relationship with state legislatures to grow.
June 30, we celebrate the passage of S470: ABC Technical and Other Changes. This bill, partnered with H768: ABC Omnibus, has FINALLY allow private bars to drop membership requirements and moving forward allows them to operate as just “bars”. This may not seem like a big deal but it’s been a massive regulatory burden on bars all across North Carolina for years and it’s repeal is long overdue. We want to especially thank Tim Moffitt and NC Senator Todd Johnson for their hard work and support of NCBOA this entire legislative session, without them this wouldn’t be possible. If you’re interested in viewing the bills for yourselves the links are below and we hope you’ll continue to follow and support our efforts to continue modernizing the North Carolina ABC system one bill at a time!
H211: Reopen Bars and Restaurants.
AN ACT TO ALLOW ESTABLISHMENTS THAT SERVE FOOD AND DRINK TO OPERATE AND CONDUCT BUSINESS ACTIVITY PROVIDED CERTAIN CONDITIONS ARE MET
- H73: Temporarily Waive ABC Permit Renewal Fees
AN ACT TO WAIVE CERTAIN ABC PERMIT RENEWAL AND REGISTRATION FEES DUE ON MAY 1, 2021, OR FOR THE PERIOD COVERING MAY 1, 2021, THROUGH APRIL 30, 2022
- H4:Extend ABC Permit Renewal Fee Deferral
AN ACT TO EXTEND THE DELAY ON THE PAYMENT DEADLINE FOR CERTAIN ABC PERMIT RENEWALS AND TO DIRECT THE ABC COMMISSION TO REINSTATE OR REACTIVATE CERTAIN CANCELLED OR INACTIVATED ABC PERMITS
- H65: ABC Administrative Penalties/PED Study
AN ACT DIRECTING THE ALCOHOLIC BEVERAGE CONTROL COMMISSION TO (I) CREATE A POLICY THAT ESTABLISHES A RATIONALE FOR ADMINISTRATIVE PENALTIES AND IMPROVES TRANSPARENCY FOR PERMITTEES