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SF 3672

2nd Unofficial Engrossment - 85th Legislature (2007 - 2008) Posted on 12/15/2009 12:00am

KEY: stricken = removed, old language.
underscored = added, new language.
1.1A bill for an act
1.2relating to liquor; regulating consumption and service of alcohol under certain
1.3conditions; permitting farm wineries to manufacture distilled spirits under certain
1.4conditions; authorizing a liquor license; requiring a report;amending Minnesota
1.5Statutes 2006, sections 169A.35, subdivision 6; 340A.315, subdivision 2, by
1.6adding a subdivision; Minnesota Statutes 2007 Supplement, section 340A.412,
1.7subdivision 4.

1.9    Section 1. Minnesota Statutes 2006, section 169A.35, subdivision 6, is amended to
1.11    Subd. 6. Exceptions. (a) This section does not prohibit the possession or
1.12consumption of alcoholic beverages by passengers in:
1.13    (1) a bus that is operated by a motor carrier of passengers, as defined in section
1.14221.011, subdivision 48 ; or
1.15    (2) a vehicle that is operated for commercial purposes in a manner similar to a
1.16bicycle as defined in section 169.01, subdivision 51, with three or more passengers who
1.17provide pedal power to the drive train of the vehicle; or
1.18    (2) (3) a vehicle providing limousine service as defined in section 221.84,
1.19subdivision 1
1.20    (b) Subdivisions 3 and 4 do not apply to a bottle or receptacle that is in the trunk
1.21of the vehicle if it is equipped with a trunk, or that is in another area of the vehicle not
1.22normally occupied by the driver and passengers if the vehicle is not equipped with a
1.23trunk. However, a utility compartment or glove compartment is deemed to be within the
1.24area occupied by the driver and passengers.
1.25EFFECTIVE DATE.This section is effective the day following final enactment.

2.1    Sec. 2. Minnesota Statutes 2006, section 340A.315, subdivision 2, is amended to read:
2.2    Subd. 2. Sales. A license authorizes the sale, on the farm winery premises, of table,
2.3sparkling, or fortified wines produced by that farm winery at on-sale or off-sale, in retail,
2.4or wholesale lots in total quantities not in excess of 50,000 gallons in a calendar year,
2.5glassware, wine literature and accessories, cheese and cheese spreads, other wine-related
2.6food items, and the dispensing of free samples of the wines offered for sale. Sales at
2.7on-sale and off-sale may be made on Sundays between 12:00 noon and 12:00 midnight.
2.8Labels for each type or brand produced must be registered with the commissioner, without
2.9fee prior to sale. Distilled spirits manufactured pursuant to subdivision 7 may only be sold
2.10through a licensed wholesaler. A farm winery may provide samples of distilled spirits in
2.11the same manner as they are able for farm wines.

2.12    Sec. 3. Minnesota Statutes 2006, section 340A.315, is amended by adding a
2.13subdivision to read:
2.14    Subd. 7. Distilled spirits permitted. Farm wineries licensed under this section are
2.15permitted to manufacture distilled spirits as defined under section 340A.101, subdivision
2.169, which may exceed 25 percent alcohol by volume, made from Minnesota produced or
2.17grown grapes, grape juice, other fruit bases, or honey. The following conditions pertain:
2.18    (1) no farm winery or firm owning multiple farm wineries may manufacture more
2.19than 5,000 gallons of distilled spirits in a given year, and this 5,000 gallon limit is part of
2.20the 50,000 gallon limit found in subdivision 2;
2.21    (2) farm wineries must pay an additional annual fee of $500 to the commissioner
2.22before beginning production of distilled spirits; and
2.23    (3) farm wineries may not sell or produce distilled spirits for direct sale to
2.24manufacturers licensed under section 340A.301, subdivision 6, paragraph (a).
2.25EFFECTIVE DATE.This section is effective the day following final enactment.

2.26    Sec. 4. Minnesota Statutes 2007 Supplement, section 340A.412, subdivision 4, is
2.27amended to read:
2.28    Subd. 4. Licenses prohibited in certain areas. (a) No license to sell intoxicating
2.29liquor may be issued within the following areas:
2.30    (1) where restricted against commercial use through zoning ordinances and other
2.31proceedings or legal processes regularly had for that purpose, except licenses may be
2.32issued to restaurants in areas which were restricted against commercial uses after the
2.33establishment of the restaurant;
3.1    (2) within the Capitol or on the Capitol grounds, except as provided under Laws
3.21983, chapter 259, section 9, or Laws 1999, chapter 202, section 13;
3.3    (3) on the State Fairgrounds, except as provided under section 37.21, subdivision 2;
3.4    (4) on the campus of the College of Agriculture of the University of Minnesota;
3.5    (5) within 1,000 feet of a state hospital, training school, reformatory, prison, or other
3.6institution under the supervision or control, in whole or in part, of the commissioner of
3.7human services or the commissioner of corrections;
3.8    (6) in a town or municipality in which a majority of votes at the last election
3.9at which the question of license was voted upon were not in favor of license under
3.10section 340A.416, or within one-half mile of any such town or municipality, except that
3.11intoxicating liquor manufactured within this radius may be sold to be consumed outside it;
3.12    (7) within 1,500 feet of a state university, except that:
3.13    (i) the minimum distance in the case of Winona and Southwest State University is
3.141,200 feet, measured by a direct line from the nearest corner of the administration building
3.15to the main entrance of the licensed establishment;
3.16    (ii) within 1,500 feet of St. Cloud State University one on-sale wine and two off-sale
3.17intoxicating liquor licenses may be issued, measured by a direct line from the nearest
3.18corner of the administration building to the main entrance of the licensed establishment;
3.19    (iii) at Mankato State University the distance is measured from the front door of
3.20the student union of the Highland campus;
3.21    (iv) a temporary license under section 340A.404, subdivision 10, may be issued to
3.22a location on the grounds of a state university for an event sponsored or approved by
3.23the state university; and
3.24    (v) this restriction does not apply to the area surrounding the premises of
3.25Metropolitan State University in Minneapolis; and
3.26    (8) within 1,500 feet of any public school that is not within a city.
3.27    (b) The restrictions of this subdivision do not apply to a manufacturer or wholesaler
3.28of intoxicating liquor or to a drugstore or to a person who had a license originally issued
3.29lawfully prior to July 1, 1967.
3.30EFFECTIVE DATE.This section is effective the day following final enactment.

3.32    Notwithstanding any law, local ordinance, or charter provision, the city of
3.33Minneapolis may issue an on-sale intoxicating liquor license to a restaurant located at
3.341367 Willow Street South. The provisions of Minnesota Statutes, chapter 340A, apply to
3.35licenses issued under this section. The license authorizes sales on all days of the week.
4.1EFFECTIVE DATE.This section is effective upon approval by the Minneapolis
4.2City Council in the manner provided by Minnesota Statutes, section 645.021,
4.3notwithstanding Minnesota Statutes, section 645.023, subdivision 1, paragraph (a).

4.5    During the 2008 Republican National Convention, licensing jurisdictions that lie
4.6fully or partially within the seven-county metropolitan area may at their discretion issue
4.7special permits for service of alcohol through extended hours lasting until 4:00 a.m. each
4.8day. This section is subject to the following conditions:
4.9    (1) only holders of an existing on-sale intoxicating liquor license or a 3.2 malt liquor
4.10license are eligible for later closing hours;
4.11    (2) later closing hours apply only during the period from 12:00 p.m. on August 31,
4.122008, through 4:00 a.m. on September 5, 2008;
4.13    (3) local licensing jurisdictions issuing special permits to operate with extended
4.14hours during these days, may charge a fee up to but not to exceed $2,500 for such a
4.15permit. In the process of issuing a permit under this section, the licensing jurisdiction
4.16may limit approval to specified geographic, zoning, or license classifications within its
4.17jurisdiction; and
4.18    (4) this section is repealed as of 4:01 a.m. on September 5, 2008.

4.19    Sec. 7. REPORT.
4.20    The House Research Department and Office of Senate Counsel, Research and Fiscal
4.21Analysis shall review issues surrounding the production and sale of distilled spirits by
4.22microdistillers, farm wineries, wholesalers, retailers, or other avenues for sale, and shall
4.23report to the relevant committees of the house of representatives and senate, by February
4.241, 2009, on the legal and policy implications of changes in these statutes. This report shall
4.25include a review of laws from other states, and shall not make recommendations.