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Omnibus Alcoholic Beverage Regulation Amendment Act

The Omnibus Alcoholic Beverage Regulation Amendment Act went into effect on May 1, 2013.

Review the complete Omnibus Alcoholic Beverage Regulation Amendment Act.

The bill allowed for several additions and changes to ABC laws and regulations, including:

  • The sale of alcoholic beverages by liquor stores on Sundays.
  • The sale of growlers, which are reusable containers holding up to 64 fluid ounces of beer, for off-premise consumption at brew pubs, liquor stores and full service grocery stores.
  • ABRA orientation training for new licensees as well as the general public on existing ABC laws and regulations, noise abatement and sound management, and working proactively with Advisory Neighborhood Commissions (ANCs), neighborhood and business groups, and residents.
  • Electronic storage of books and records on-premises.
  • Increasing the alcohol content that may be sold by off-premise retailers that sell wine and beer from 14 to 15 percent.
  • Changing the term Voluntary or Cooperative Agreement to Settlement Agreement.
  • Clarifying the provisions that are permitted to be included in a Settlement Agreement.
  • Creating a new permit to allow for Wine Pubs.
  • Amending the requirements of a Security Plan.
  • Requiring ABRA to implement a complaint program that receives and addresses noise complaints in real-time.