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Last update: April 24, 2018

We are now including in the bill list both the Alcohol Justice (AJ) position on bills as well as the position of California Alcohol Policy Alliance (CAPA) on a select, few bills of concern to the new statewide coalition.

2017-2018 Legislative Session

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2018 Assembly Bills


AB 1890

Summary: Allows craft distillers, winegrowers, and beer manufacturers, with approval of the ABC, to share a common licensed area in which the consumption of alcoholic beverages is permitted if the licensed premises of production are immediately adjacent to each other.
Author(s): Assembly Members Marc Levine (D-San Rafael)
AJ Position: Oppose - By muddying the waters in terms of customer oversight, these shared areas make it harder to enforce drinking age, cut off intoxicated patrons, and comply with responsible beverage service standards.

AB 1891
Summary: Adds craft distillers to the types of manufacturers and wholesalers that may offer instructional tastings on the premises of an off-sale retailer that receives an instructional tasting license.
Author(s): Assembly Members Marc Levine (D-San Rafael)
AJ Position: Oppose - Granting yet another regulatory exemption for a segment of the alcohol industry only further erodes fair and effective alcohol regulation in California.
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AB 1986

Summary: Adds craft distiller to list of licensees that can donate or sell products to nonprofit organizations.
Author(s): Assembly Member Jordan Cunningham (R-San Luis Obispo)
AJ Position: Oppose - Granting yet another regulatory exemption for a segment of the alcohol industry only further erodes fair and effective alcohol regulation in California.

AB 2000
Summary: Expands exceptions to allow manufacturers to purchase advertising space and time, in connection with certain events, from, or on behalf of, on-sale retail licensees, at specified stadiums located in the City of San Jose.
Author(s): Assembly Member Ash Kalra (D-San Jose)
AJ Position: Oppose - Granting yet another regulatory exemption for more alcohol advertising at a professional stadium is wrong-headed. This bill also blurs the necessary separation between the manufacturing and on-sale retail sector. The entire section 25503.6 of Business and Professions code is a repository for advertising exemptions that we find objectionable.

AB 2146
Summary: Expands exceptions to allow manufacturers to purchase advertising space and time, in connection with certain events, from, or on behalf of, on-sale retail licensees, at a specified stadium complex located in the City of San Diego.
Author(s): Assembly Member Todd Gloria (D-San Diego)
AJ Position: Oppose – Granting yet another regulatory exemption for more alcohol advertising at a professional stadium is wrong-headed. This bill also blurs the necessary separation between the manufacturing and on-sale retail sector. The entire section 25503.6 of Business and Professions code is a repository for advertising exemptions that we find objectionable.

AB 2452
Summary: Amends tied-house restrictions on advertisements for promotional events where a manufacturer is signing autographs at an off-sale retailer to include pictures and illustrations of the location.
Author(s): Assembly Member Cecilia Aguiar-Curry (D-Winters)
AJ Position: Oppose – Granting yet another regulatory exemption to the tied-house laws is wrong-headed. This bill also blurs the necessary separation between the manufacturing and on-sale retail sector.

AB 2460 - DEAD
Summary: Provides that an art gallery may provide beer and wine to patrons without need of an ABC license. No more than 12 ounces of beer or six ounces of wine may be offered to a patron.
Author(s): Assembly Member Matthew Harper (R-Huntington Beach)
AJ Position: Oppose – Continues the trend, that started with salons and barbershops, of making alcohol ever more widely available.
CAPA: Oppose

AB 2573
Summary: Allows a beer manufacturer to give up to five cases of retail advertising glassware to an on-sale retail licensee, per location, each calendar year for use at the licensed location.
Author(s): Assembly Member Evan Low (D-Campbell)
AJ Position: Oppose - The only appropriate reform in this area of law is to eliminate all gifts to retailers to maintain a firm separation of the three tiers and to also therefore eliminate the possibility of corruption.

AB 2738 - DEAD
Summary: Provide exceptions to the prohibitions on the manufacture, distribution, and sale of powdered alcohol to manufacturers and research institutions, if (1) the powdered alcohol is possessed exclusively for manufacturing, research, or development purposes and not for retail sale, or (2) the retail sale of products that contain powdered alcohol as an ingredient in a mixture printed on a substrate and the mixture cannot be reasonably converted to a loose, powdered form.
Author(s): Assembly Member Bill Brough (R-Dana Point)
AJ Position: Oppose – Opens the door for further efforts to legalize the sale of powdered alcohol.
CAPA Position: Oppose

AB 2914
Summary: Prohibits the sale of a cannabis product that is an alcoholic beverage, including an infusion of cannabis into an alcoholic beverage.
Author(s): Assembly Member Ken Cooley (D-Rancho Cardova)
AJ Position: Support – Prevents the creation of a new class of alcoholic beverages with the potential for all sorts of harms.
CAPA Position: Support


2018 Senate Bills


SB 786
Summary: Allows for any licensing application for a new alcoholism or drug abuse recovery or treatment facility to be denied for “overconcentration” if it will be separated 300 feet or less from another facility in an area zoned residential.
Author(s): Senator Ben Allen (D-Santa Monica)
AJ Position: Oppose. No such firm restrictions exist for overconcentration of drinking establishments because of much abused local government exemptions through "Findings of Public Convenience or Necessity" (PCN). It is ironic and hypocritical to consider such overconcentration restrictions on people in recovery.

SB 905
Summary: Allows closing times for on-sale retailers to be extended from 2 a.m. to 4 a.m. as part of a pilot program conducted by the ABC. The pilot program may be conducted in six cities: Sacramento, Oakland, San Francisco, Los Angeles, West Hollywood, and Long Beach.
Author(s): Senator Scott Wiener (D-San Francisco)
AJ Position:  STRONGLY OPPOSE - This is the worst alcohol-related legislation of this session. Extending the hours of operation for on-sale retailers will result in increased alcohol-related harm. This bill recycles previously failed bills (SB 384 (2017) – Wiener & SB 635 (2013) – Leno)SB 384635-Leno). Alcohol service from 2 a.m. to 4 a.m, even in special "entertainment districts," extends neighborhood noise, street violence, and impaired driving to the hours of 4 a.m at least, and DUIs and traffic collisions could snarl early morning commuter traffic regionally. Without adequate local mitigation fees on alcohol, there will be vast increases to costs of night owl transportation (if any), police, sheriff, CHP, ambulance service, and emergency room usage.
CAPA Position: Oppose

SB 973
Summary:
Increases the ABC annual license surcharge from $5 to $10. The fee is used for the Department of the California Highway Patrol’s Designated Driver Program.
Author(s): Senator Bill Dodd (D-Napa)
AJ Position: Watch - Although the CHP should be supported in anti-DUI activities, designated driver programs come from a weak evidence base. Worse, the current program boasts of heavy involvement from AB Inbev.

SB 1164
Summary:
Provides craft distillers with options to increase sales through greater marketing and sales opportunities, including:
Doubles the number of gallons that a craft distiller can produce from 100,000 to 200,000 gallons per year.
Allows for a craft distiller to organize clubs and membership groups, and to sell all alcohol types at events it hosts for these groups.
Expands the definition of contiguous licensed premises to include property that is across a street, so long as it is not further than 900 feet from the licensed premises. Presently Craft brewers can sell all alcohol types to consumers for consumption on the premises so long as it is at a bona fide eating place that is part of the “contiguous licensed premises.”
Allows for craft distillers to charge for entertainment, food, and alcohol provided to consumers at private events.
Allows for the ABC to issue a craft distillery on-sale general license to permit a licensed craft distiller to sell all beers, wines, or distilled spirits to consumers for consumption on the licensed premises.
Requires any bottled distilled spirits imported by a craft distiller be sold through wholesale channels and reenter the craft distiller’s licensed premises for sampling, cocktails, gift shop sales, or events only through purchase from a California wholesaler.
Expands to craft distillers many of the rights and duties that are granted and imposed on distilled spirit manufacturers.
Author(s): Senator Nancy Skinner (D-Oakland)
AJ Position: Oppose – Greatly expands the ways in which a craft distiller may operate.

SB 1283
Summary:
Allows a brewpub-restaurant licensee to label, bottle, package, or refill any container with beer produced on the licensed premises, to sell beer produced by the licensee for consumption off the premises, and to give or sell beer manufactured by the licensee to specified nonprofit organizations.
Author(s): Senator Steven Bradford (D-Gardena)
AJ Position: Oppose - Allows an on-sale retailer to become a de facto off-sale retailer. If brew pubs want to sell beer for off-sale consumption then they can apply for the appropriate license.

SB 1317
Summary:
Authorizes local governments to adopt a local ordinance that requires an alcoholism or drug abuse recovery or treatment facility to meet specified conditions, including, among other things, submitting specified plans and information to the local entity no less than 30 days prior to opening, providing one full bathroom for every 2 residents, and meeting minimum size requirements of each bedroom.
Author(s): Senator Anthony Portantino (D-San Fernando Valley)
AJ Position: Oppose - No such conditions can be imposed by local government on new alcohol licensees. It is ironic and hypocritical to consider such restrictions on people in recovery.

SB 1430
Summary:
Allows for a winegrower operating pursuant to an alternating proprietorship be allowed 2 tasting rooms under the duplicate winegrowers license.
Author(s): Senator Steve Glazer (D-Orinda)
AJ Position: Oppose – Further erodes existing licensing laws. If winegrowers want a second tasting room then they can apply for a second license.

SB 2469
Summary:
Expands existing law that allows an off-sale licensee to deliver an order for alcoholic beverages, with proof of age and identity, made by telephone or other electronic to also include orders made digitally.
Author(s): Assembly Member Marc Berman (D-Palo Alto)
Position: Oppose – Allowing for the delivery of alcoholic beverages increases availability and makes enforcement of laws prohibiting sales to intoxicated or underage persons more difficult as a result of sales transaction taking place at a location different than that of the licensed off-sale premises

SB 2914
Summary:
Prohibits cannabis retailers from selling cannabis products that are alcoholic beverages – for example, an infusion of cannabis into an alcoholic beverage. Clarifies that a cannabis retailers cannot be licensed to sell alcohol or tobacco.
Author(s): Assembly Member Ken Cooley (D-Sacramento)
Position: Support – Alcohol and cannabis products should not be mixed. Allowing sales of alcohol by cannabis retailers would increase availability.

SB 3168
Summary:
Outdoor advertising displays on publicly owned property if the governmental agency has (1) ownership of the property, (2) adopts an appropriate legal rule declaring the property exempt from the state Outdoor Advertising Act, and (3) the display complies with an other applicable laws or rules of the agency.
Author(s): Assembly Member Blanca Rubio (D-Baldwin Park)
Position: Oppose – Increases the public’s exposure to advertising – including those for alcoholic beverages.


2017 Assembly Bills


Assembly Concurrent Resolution 35   - CHAPTERED
Summary: 
Proclaims the month of April 2017 as California Wines: Down to Earth Month, to celebrate the sustainable leadership of California wineries and winegrape growers throughout the month of April.
Author(s): Assembly Member Jim Cooper (D-Elk Grove)
AJ Position: Oppose – Promotion of alcohol industry gives appearance that the Legislature is placing business interests before public health. Alcohol is no ordinary commodity -- it should not be celebrated by government.


AB 6 - TRAILERED; NOW PART OF SB 94
Summary: 
Requires the Commissioner of the California Highway Patrol to establish a drugged driving task force, to develop recommendations for best practices, protocols, proposed legislation, and other policies that will address the issue of driving under the influence of drugs, including prescription drugs. The task force is to examine the use of technology, including field testing technologies, to identify drivers under the influence of drugs, and authorizes the task force to conduct pilot programs using those technologies. The task force is to report to the Legislature its policy recommendations and the steps that state agencies are taking regarding drugged driving.
Author(s): Assembly Member Tom Lackey (R-Palmdale)
AJ Position: Support if Amended – The operation of motor vehicles by drivers under the influence of alcohol and drugs remains a significant threat to the safety to Californians. This bill moves in the right direction on studying new technologies for drug testing, although it delays immediate reform of current law.  We request amendment that an alcohol prevention coalition have representation so that interactions with alcohol will be considered.
CAPA Position: Support if Amended
Position Letter Full Text: Alcohol Justice 

AB 63   - VETOED
Summary: Extends the age range for the provisional licensing program from 16 to under 21.
Author(s): Assembly Member Jim Frazier (D-Oakley)
AJ Position: Support – A leading cause of death for young adults is car crashes, and about a quarter involve an underage drinking driver. Graduated Driver Licensing (GDL) programs have been proven to be successful in greatly reducing first-time driver-involved crashes. Expanding California’s first-time teenage driver GDL program to include persons who are under 21 years of age, but over 17 years of age, allows first-time teenage drivers enough time to fully complete the driver education and provisional or restricted driver’s license phase of the GDL program. 
CAPA Position: Support
Position Letter Full Text: Alcohol Justice CAPA 


AB 297  - SIGNED INTO LAW
Summary: Authorizes an on-sale general license for a wine and food cultural museum and educational center, located in the County of Sonoma, that may sell, furnish, or give alcoholic beverages for consumption on the premises and various off-sale privileges. State law currently allows such a museum in the County of Napa.
Author(s): Assembly Members Marc Levine (D-San Rafael)
AJ Position: Oppose – This is a special interest bill to authorize alcohol service at one special location. Authorizations should not be done in a haphazard manner, location by location.
Position Letter Full Text: Alcohol Justice

AB 285 - DEAD
Summary: Establishes process for drug and alcohol free residences to become certified by state approved certification
Author(s): Assembly Member Melissa Melendez (R-Law Elsinore)
AJ Position: Support - A professional system of substance facilities is key to building public support for recovery, reducing relapse, and saving the public health system from costly alcohol-related harm.

AB 330  - DEAD
Summary: Authorizes the court to order a person convicted of driving under the influence to enroll and participate in, and successfully complete, a qualified “24/7 Sobriety” monitoring program during probation.
Author(s): Assembly Member Ken Cooley (D-Cordova)
AJ Position: Support

AB 357   - DEAD
Summary: Clarifies the conditions when a license notification must be displayed during construction at a retail location. 
Author(s): Assembly Member Frank Bigelow (R-O’Neals) 
AJ Position: Watch

AB 400 - SIGNED INTO LAW
Summary: Exempts from existing prohibitions on the sale of alcoholic beverages at the State Capitol events held on those grounds if the event is organized and operated by a nonprofit organization that is located in the City of Sacramento for purposes of increasing awareness of the Sacramento region and promoting education about the food and wine of the Sacramento region, and tickets are sold on a presale basis only.
Author(s): Assembly Member Jim Cooper (D-Elk Grove)
AJ Position: Oppose – Promotion of alcohol industry gives appearance that the Legislature is placing business interests before public health. Alcohol is no ordinary commodity; it should not be celebrated by government.
Position Letter Full Text: Alcohol Justice

AB 471 - SIGNED INTO LAW
Summary: Authorizes the ABC to issue a total of 30 new original neighborhood-restricted special on-sale general licenses in certain tracts in San Francisco (5 per year for 6 years) and Napa (5 per year for 4 years). 
Author(s): Assembly Member Phil Ting (D-San Francisco) 
AJ Position: Oppose - San Francisco already is the most over-concentrated county of California. Increasing the availability of alcohol is associated with increased alcohol-related harm. Expanding the number of locations where licenses may be issued, no matter how minimal, will increase availability and therefore impact public health.
Position Letter Full Text: Alcohol Justice

AB 479 - DEAD
Summary: Increases the tax rate for distilled spirits from $3.30 to $4.50 per gallon to offset the revenue loss from exempting menstrual and incontinence products from sales taxes.
Author(s): Assembly Members Lorena Gonzalez Fletcher (D-San Diego) and Cristina Garcia (D-Bell Gardens)
AJ Position: Support – Increasing taxes on alcoholic beverages will reduce alcohol-related harm.
Position Letter Full Text: Alcohol Justice

AB 522 - SIGNED INTO LAW
Summary: Allows nonprofits issued a special temporary on- or off-sale beer or wine license to hold a raffle involving a prize of alcoholic beverages. 
Author(s): Assembly Member Jordan Cunningham (R-Templeton) 
AJ Position: Oppose - Once again, this is the arms race of increasing alcohol availability, this time through combining alcohol consumption with sales of raffle tickets for alcohol prizes.
Position Letter Full Text: Alcohol Justice

AB 609 - SIGNED INTO LAW
Summary: Extends the repeal date from January 1, 2018 to January 1, 2023 for the exemption to certain activities that allows specified licensees to provide, free of charge, entertainment, food, and distilled spirits, wine, or nonalcoholic beverages to consumers at an invitation-only sales or distribution events. 
Author(s): Assembly Member Miguel Santiago (D-Los Angeles) 
AJ Position: Oppose - This was a bad idea the first time around, and now extends for 5 more years alcohol consumption at sales and distribution special events that have promotion of alcohol bulk-purchasing or branding.
Position Letter Full Text: Alcohol Justice

AB 629 - DEAD
Summary: Exempts art galleries from needing to obtain a license or permit to furnish or give away beer and wine to patrons of the gallery for consumption on the gallery premises as long as the costs of the wine and beer are not included in the sales price of any art or merchandise sold by the gallery. 
Author(s): Assembly Member Matthew Harper (R-Huntington Beach) 
AJ Position: Oppose - Similar to the pernicious barbershop/beauty salon legislation last year, this allows any art gallery to serve wine or beer without licensing, training, monitoring or enforcement.
CAPA Position: Oppose

AB 700 - DEAD
Summary: Establishes a scope of practice and career ladder for substance use disorder (SUD) counseling by the Department of Health Care Services. Furthermore, the bill establishes classifications for SUD counselor certification, requires any person engaging in the practice of SUD counseling to be certified, provides for the Department to discipline certificate holders, and require the Department to establish a registry of SUD counselors.
Author(s): Assembly Member Reginald Jones-Sawyer (D-Los Angeles)
AJ Position: Support – A professional and qualified counseling system is key to building public support for recovery, reducing relapse, and saving the public health system from costly alcohol-related harm. 
Position Letter Full Text: Alcohol Justice

AB 702 - DEAD
Summary: Replaces the presumption that individuals submit to chemical testing with a requirement that motor vehicle drivers who are lawfully arrested for a DUI offense submit to chemical testing for determining the alcohol or drug content of their blood. Provides specific language for law enforcement to use when instructing people that failure to submit to the chemical test will result in suspension or revocation of their driving privilege. Makes it a crime for a person to willfully fail to complete a test and makes additional legislative findings and declarations about the privilege of driving.
Author(s): Assembly Member Tom Lackey (R-Palmdale) 
AJ Position: Watch. While correct in spirit, focusing on requirements and further penalties on drivers often targets minority drivers increasingly at risk of enforcement and leaves dram shops, retailers and producers without liability.

AB 711 - SIGNED INTO LAW
Summary: Allows beer manufacturers to provide directly to consumers free or discounted rides through taxicabs, transportation companies, or any other ride service. Prohibits beer and wine wholesalers from sharing in the cost or serve as an agent for a beer manufacturer to provide free or discounted rides. Prohibits conditioning free or discounted ride on the purchase of an alcoholic beverage.
Author(s): Assembly Member Evan Low (D-Silicon Valley)
AJ Position: Oppose – While drunk driving is serious concern to public safety, and efforts to reduce it should generally be applauded, this bill implicitly allows for beer manufacturers to promote the overconsumption of alcohol.
Position Letter Full Text: Alcohol Justice

AB 934 - DEAD
Summary: Makes it an infraction on certain portions of the Mokelumne River from to possess alcoholic beverages during a summer period for which the San Joaquin County Board of Supervisors has prohibited the consumption of an alcoholic beverage or possession of an open alcoholic beverage container on the land portions of the Stillman Magee County Park. 
Author(s): Assembly Member Heath Flora (R-Ripon) 
AJ Position: Oppose - Counties have police powers to protect health and safety from alcohol-related nuisances; this bill may be a good candidate for county action.
Position Letter Full Text: Alcohol Justice

AB 981 - DEAD
Summary: Adds distilled spirits wholesalers to the provision prohibiting a licensed retailer from being obligated to purchase or sell the alcoholic beverages of the licensee conducting the market research. 
Author(s): Assembly Member Adam Gray (D-Merced) 
AJ Position: Watch

AB 997 - SIGNED INTO LAW
Summary: Exempts winegrowers and beer manufacturers that share adjacent or adjoining licensed premises from an existing prohibition on licensees having upon their premises any alcoholic beverages that they are not authorized to sell. Allows for these winegrowers and beer manufacturers with shared locations to have upon those premises, for consumption on- or off- either licensed premises, the wine or beer produced upon the licensed premises by the other licensee.
Author(s): Assembly Member Auiar-Curry 
AJ Position: Oppose - Separate licenses for on-sale consumption deserve to be separated, as liability for over-serving is the duty of each and cannot be monitored when sharing patrons.
Position Letter Full Text: Alcohol Justice

AB 1046 - DEAD
Summary: Clarifies that soju or shochu containing not mrore than 24 percent of alcohol and sold by any on-sale license that is authorized to sell wine is a distilled spirit produced from agricultural products that are traditionally associated with Korea and Japan, but does not require that the product be produced in any specific location.  
Author(s): Assembly Member Steven Choi (R-Orange County)
AJ Position: Oppose – These are extremely high alcohol content so-called wines. They are nearly tasteless, like vodka, and can be used liberally to make cocktails. This bill allows anybody to call their product soju or shochu and have them sold in wine licensed establishment or outlets, when they function as distilled spirits.
Position Letter Full Text: Alcohol Justice

AB 1054 - DEAD
Summary: Exempts the use of powdered alcohol as an ingredient in nonpowdered products from the state’s prohibition on powdered alcohol. 
Author(s): Assembly Member Bill Brough (R-Dana Point), Assembly Member Ken Cooley (D-Cordova)
AJ Position: Oppose - Powdered alcohol is a youth-oriented product now banned in 34 states including California. The legislature in 2016 overwhelmingly passed two pieces of legislation outlawing powdered alcohol. This bill, with tortuous and confusing wording, opens the barn door again and would make the statute banning powdered alcohol thoroughly confusing if not meaningless. If this was a law suit, it would be thrown out as frivolous.
Position Letter Full Text: Alcohol Justice CAPA

AB 1095 - DEAD
Summary: Excludes “integral facilities” – any combination of two or more facilities located on the same or different parcels that collectively serve seven or more persons – from an exemption that allows alcoholism or drug abuse recovery or treatment facilities that serve 6 or fewer persons to be considered a residential use of property. 
Author(s): Assembly Member Matthew Harper (R-Huntington Beach) 
AJ Position: Watch

AB 1221 - SIGNED INTO LAW
Summary: Establishes the Responsible Beverage Service (RBS) Training Program Act of 2017. Beginning July 1, 2021, it requires alcohol servers at on-premises retailers as well as their managers and supervisors to successfully complete an RBS training course offered by the ABC for a fee not to exceed $15. The RBS training course will include information on, among other things, state laws and regulations relating to alcoholic beverage control and the impact of alcohol on the body. 
Author(s): Assembly Member Lorena Gonzalez Fletcher (D-San Diego) 
AJ Position: Support –  Sales and service practices play a key role in addressing the risk of injury and other harms that arise from excessive alcohol consumption. Requiring those that sell and serve alcohol for on-sale consumption to complete RBS training will help to reduce the over service of alcohol and supplement enforcement of laws prohibiting the over service of alcohol.
Position Letter Full Text: Alcohol Justice

AB 1285 - SIGNED INTO LAW
Summary: Prohibits the ABC from creating a videographic recording of a hearing as a record. Existing requires a record of any administrative hearing by a stenographic or, if there is consent, an electronic report. 
Author(s): Assembly Member Mike Gipson (D-Caron) 
AJ Position: Watch

AB 1722 - SIGNED INTO LAW
Summary: End prohibition on the issuance of a license, other than an on-sale beer license, for premises situated more than one mile outside the limits of an incorporated city and within 2 miles of any camp or establishment of men, numbering 25 or more, engaged upon or in connection with the construction, repair, or operation of any work, improvement, or utility of a public or quasi-public character.
Author(s): Committee on Governmental Organization
AJ Position: Oppose - Increasing the availability of alcohol is associated with increased alcohol-related harm. Expanding the number of locations where licenses may be issued, no matter how minimal, will increase availability and therefore impact public health. This seems to be a companion to SB 56, which we also oppose.
CAPA Position: Oppose
Position Letter Full Text: Alcohol Justice

AB 1724 - SIGNED INTO LAW
Summary: Expands exceptions to allow beer manufacturers, winegrowers, distilled spirits rectifiers, distilled spirits manufacturers, or distilled spirits manufacturer’s agents to purchase advertising space and time, in connection with certain events, from, or on behalf of, on-sale retail licensees, at a specified stadium complex located in the County of Los Angeles.
Author(s): Assembly Member Reginald Jones-Sawyer (D-Los Angeles)
AJ Position: Oppose – Granting yet another regulatory exemption for more alcohol advertising at a professional stadium is wrong-headed. This bill also blurs the necessary separation between the manufacturing and on-sale retail sector. The entire section 25503.6 of Business and Professions code is a repository for advertising exemptions that we find objectionable; this bill adds a 17th specific exemption.

2017 Senate Bills


SB 56
 
 - VETOED
Summary: Presently a beer wholesaler or manufacturer is authorized to accept a beer return from a retailer if the beer is returned in exchange for the identical quantity and brand of beer. This bill would require that the beer is returned in exchange for the identical quantity and brand of beer produced or sold by the same manufacturer. Allows return of regular beer in exchange for an identical quantity of lite beer, or the return of lite beer in exchange for an identical quantity of regular beer, if the beer exchanged for the returned beer has a value no greater than the original sales price to the retail licensee of the returned beer and the beers involved in the exchange are labeled under the same brand name.
Author(s): Senator Tony Mendoza (D-Artesia)
AJ Position: Oppose – Benefits larger manufacturers that have lines of beer that are sold in both regular and lite types. For example, Bud Lite is one of the most consumed brands of beer consumed in the United States.  


SB 65 - SIGNED INTO LAW
Summary: Makes driving or operating a vehicle upon any highway or specified lands, or driving or operating a boat, vessel, or aircraft while drinking any alcoholic beverage, punishable as an infraction.
Author(s): Senator Jerry Hill (D-San Mateo)
AJ Position: Support – Interventions aimed at reducing drinking and driving are an important addition to reducing acute alcohol-related harm.
CAPA Position: Support
Position Letter Full Text: Alcohol Justice CAPA 


SB 67   - DEAD
Summary: Requires that a felony conviction for driving under the influence or driving under the influence causing injury, to remain a felony for purpose of determining whether the person has been convicted of a separate violation or a prior violation, even if the conviction was subsequently reduced to a misdemeanor. This change clarifies how an individual that has previously been convicted of a DUI is to be charged for a subsequent offense.
Author(s): Senator Pat Bates (R-Laguna Niguel)
AJ Position: Watch
Position Letter Full Text: Alcohol Justice 


SB 228 - SIGNED INTO LAW 
Summary: Allows beer on the grounds of a public schoolhouse if produced by a bonded brewery owned or operated as part of an instructional program in brewing. The sale or consumption of alcoholic beverages is generally prohibited at a public school house, however there are various exceptions, including wine that is produced by a bonded winery owned or operated as part of an instructional program in viticulture and enology.
Author(s): Senator Bill Dodd (D-Napa)
AJ Position: Oppose – Alcoholic beverages should not be available on property that is primarily devoted to the education of children. Granting yet another regulatory exemption for a segment of the alcohol industry only further erodes fair and effective alcohol regulation in California. Additionally, it is absurd for educational facilities to train students on how to brew and/or taste alcohol with no requirements for training them in responsible beverage service, or educating them on the public health and safety harms of alcohol.
Position Letter Full Text: Alcohol Justice

SB 254   - DEAD
Summary: Allows for the delivery of alcohol and tobacco by a delivery network company, so long as the company receives approval from the ABC. The ABC may approve a delivery network company if it has age verification system and does not delivery on the grounds of a college or university.
Author(s): Senator Anthony Portantino (D-La Cañada Flintridge)
AJ Position: Oppose unless amended – Home delivery of alcohol and tobacco is sad but it already is taking place in California.  The restriction in this bill on delivery to college campuses is appreciated, but this bill does not specify how delivery persons will be trained, how age will be verified, and other limits on time of delivery or location.
Position Letter Full Text: Alcohol Justice


SB 271  - DEAD
Summary: Authorize the ABC to not aggregate a first violation for selling alcohol to a person under the age of 21 as the first violation for the purposes of determining penalties, suspension, or an offer in compromise if the licensee completes or agrees to complete a Responsible Retailer Course within 6 months of the date of settlement or final decision. Presently, the ABC may revoke the license for a third violation that occurs within any 36-month period. 
Author(s): Senator Tony Mendoza (D-Cerritos)
AJ Position: Oppose - While education for responsible retailing is important, it should be a license requirement. Instead this bill further delays the ABC’s ability to take action against a problem retailer.
Position Letter Full Text: Alcohol Justice

SB 378 - DEAD
Summary: Authorizes the ABC to investigate potential violations of the ABC Act and bring an action to enjoin a violation or threatened violation. When direct evidence is presented, and supported by a preponderance of the evidence indicating a pattern of behavior, the ABC director may temporarily suspend, limit, or condition, any license by emergency order prior to any hearing when, in the opinion of the ABC, the action is urgent and necessary to protect against an immediate threat to health or safety.  An immediate threat to health and safety is defined as the following crimes occurring on the premises: child endangerment; extortion; human trafficking; illegal use, manufacture, or distribution of controlled substances; prostitution; sexual assault; or, violence resulting in great bodily injury or death.
Author(s): Senator Anthony Portantino (D-La Cañada Flintridge)
AJ Position: Support – We support providing the ABC greater authority in bringing action against problem retailers. However, we strongly favor the addition of illegal alcohol sales to the list of crimes that can immediately threaten health and safety.
CAPA Position: Support
Position Letter Full Text: Alcohol Justice CAPA 


SB 384   - DEAD; GUTTED AND AMENDED; NO LONGER ALCOHOL-RELATED - VICTORY FOR PREVENTION
Summary: Allows for on-sale licensees to apply to extend their closing times from 2 a.m. until 4 a.m. 
Author(s): Senator Scott Wiener (D-San Francisco)
AJ Position: STRONGLY OPPOSE - This is the worst alcohol-related legislation of this session. Extending the hours of operation for on-sale retailers will result in increased alcohol-related harm. This bill recycles a rejected bill from 2013 (SB 635-Leno). Alcohol service from 2 a.m. to 4 a.m, even in special "entertainment districts," extends neighborhood noise, street violence, and impaired driving to the hours of 4 a.m at least, and DUIs and traffic collisions could snarl early morning commuter traffic regionally. Without adequate local mitigation fees on alcohol, there will be vast increases to costs of night owl transportation (if any), police, sheriff, CHP, ambulance service, and emergency room usage. UPDATE: New language added to the bill absolves ABC from reviewing localities' efforts to enact later closing times, eviscerating efforts to generate "big picture" oversight. A terrible bill just got worse. We encourage concerned individuals to TAKE ACTION here: http://bit.ly/2lnGCQj 
CAPA Position: STRONGLY OPPOSE
Position Letter Full Text: Alcohol Justice  CAPA  


SB 461   - SIGNED INTO LAW
Summary: Tied-house restrictions generally prohibit one licensee type from having a business interest in another licensee type. Exempted from this prohibition are certain licensees with interests in a certain hotels and motels with on- or off-sale licenses. This legislation extends the exception to include out-of-state distilled spirits shippers and to hotels or motels that with not less than 50 guest accommodations, down from 100 guest accommodations.
Author(s): Senator Ben Allen (D-Santa Monica)
AJ Position: Oppose - While out-of-state distilled spirits shippers may need to be treated equally with in-state shippers under the federal interstate commerce clause, this bill also extends exceptions to tied-house restrictions for many more hotels in the 50-100 guest range. This allows, for example, distilled spirits shippers to own many more beer and wine on-sale licenses at small hotels.
Position Letter Full Text: Alcohol Justice

SB 545 - DEAD
Summary: Authorizes the court to order a person convicted of driving under the influence to enroll and participate in, and successfully complete, a qualified “24/7 Sobriety” monitoring program during probation.
Author(s): Assembly Member Jim Beall (D-San Jose)
AJ Position: Support


SB 582 - SIGNED INTO LAW
Summary: Expands existing law to allow for certain alcohol manufacturers to purchase advertising time and space from, or on behalf of, an on-sale retail licensee that operates at an outdoor stadium with at least 70,000 seats in the City of Inglewood and a performance venue adjacent to the stadium with a capacity of at least 5,000 seats. This is the stadium that will house the Rams and the Chargers.
Author(s): Senator Steven Bradford (D-Gardena)
AJ Position: Oppose - Football stadiums, often with youth present or watching on TV, are swimming in alcohol advertising. Granting yet another regulatory exemption for more alcohol advertising at a professional stadium is wrong-headed. This bill also blurs the necessary separation between the manufacturing and on-sale retail sector. The entire section 25503.6 of Business and Professions code is a repository for advertising exemptions that we find objectionable; this bill adds a 17th specific exemption.
CAPA Position: Oppose
Position Letter Full Text: Alcohol Justice CAPA

SB 611 - SIGNED INTO LAW
Summary: Requires persons convicted of driving under the combined influence of alcohol and any drug, or certain passenger-for-hire drivers convicted of driving under the influence to install an Ignition Interlock Device (IID), as specified. Clarifies that “prior convictions” for purposes of determining the specified time that an IID is required to be installed means convictions within 10 years of the current conviction. Requires installers of IIDs to report failures to comply with maintenance and other requirements by requiring reporting if the person fails 3 or more times to comply with those requirements. Requires a person to install an IID in a vehicle the person operates, rather than owns.  
Author(s): Senator Jerry Hill (D-San Mateo)
AJ Position: Support - These are technical improvements to last year's ignition interlock legislation.


SB 650  - DEAD
Summary: Clarifies that while licensees may sponsor or otherwise participate in an event conducted by, and for the benefit of, a nonprofit organization (temporary licensee) so long as licensees do not directly or indirectly give, sell, or furnish alcoholic beverages to the temporary licensee.
Author(s): Senator Steve Glazer (D-Orinda) 
AJ Position: Oppose
Position Letter Full Text: Alcohol Justice

SB 664  - SIGNED INTO LAW
Summary: Allows alcohol manufacturers to purchase advertising space and time on behalf of on-sale licensees at a facility with a capacity of at least 40,000 seats in San Francisco and at stadiums in Inglewood.
Author(s): Senator Steve Glazer (D-Orinda) 
AJ Position: Oppose - Football stadiums, often with youth present or watching on TV, are swimming in alcohol advertising. Granting yet another regulatory exemption for more alcohol advertising at a professional stadium is wrong-headed. This bill also blurs the necessary separation between the manufacturing and on-sale retail sector. The entire section 25503.6 of Business and Professions code is a repository for advertising exemptions that we find objectionable; this bill adds a 17th specific exemption.
Position Letter Full Text: Alcohol Justice

SB 698 - DEAD
Summary: Prohibits persons with between .04 to .07% alcohol by weight and any controlled substance or 5 ng/ml or more of delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol to drive a vehicle. A first violation is punishable as an infraction and requires the court to order the person to participate in and successfully complete a 3-month driving-under-the-influence program and to install an ignition interlock device for 6 months.
Author(s): Senator Jerry Hill (D-San Mateo)
AJ Position: Support - Scientific evidence increasingly is showing that mixing of cannabis with alcohol accelerates the dangers of alcohol consumption for drivers. This legislation is a breakthrough in cracking down on impaired driving in California. While we are initially supportive, there may be technical corrections required as the bill moves through the legislature.
Position Letter Full Text: Alcohol Justice

SB 786 - DEAD
Summary: Allows for any licensing application for a new alcoholism or drug abuse recovery or treatment facility to be denied for “overconcentration” if it will be separated 300 feet or less from another facility in an area zoned residential.
Author(s): Senator Tony Mendoza (D-Artesia)
AJ Position: Watch. On the face of it this seems reasonable, however, we await concerns from recovery and treatment associations.Save