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299A.02 LIQUOR CONTROL FUNCTIONS.
    Subdivision 1. Conflict of interest. No employee of the Department of Public Safety or the
Department of Revenue having any responsibility for the administration or enforcement of chapter
297G or 340A shall have a direct or indirect interest, except through ownership or investment in
pension or mutual funds, in the manufacture, transportation or sale of intoxicating liquor or any
malt or vinous beverages, intoxicating, nonintoxicating, or commercial or industrial alcohol. The
commissioner of public safety or the commissioner of revenue may remove an employee in the
unclassified civil service for any intentional violation of any provision of chapter 297G or 340A.
Intentional violation of a provision of chapter 297G or 340A by a classified employee of one of
the departments may be grounds for removal of that employee pursuant to section 43A.33.
    Subd. 2. General powers. The commissioner shall administer and enforce the provisions
of chapters 297G and 340A through the director of alcohol and gambling enforcement, except
for those provisions thereof for which administration and enforcement are reserved to the
commissioner of revenue.
    Subd. 3. Reports; rules. The commissioner shall have power to require periodic factual
reports from all licensed importers, manufacturers, wholesalers and retailers of intoxicating
liquors and to make all reasonable rules to effect the object of chapters 297G and 340A. The rules
shall include provisions for assuring the purity of intoxicating liquors and the true statement of
its contents and proper labeling thereof with regard to all forms of sale. No rule may require the
use of new containers in aging whiskey. No rule may require cordials or liqueurs to contain in
excess of 2-1/2 percent by weight of sugar or dextrose or both.
    Subd. 4. Subpoena. In all matters relating to official duties, the commissioner shall have the
powers possessed by courts of law to issue subpoenas and cause them to be served and enforced.
All public officials, and their respective deputies and employees, and all individuals, partnerships,
firms, corporations, incorporated and unincorporated associations, and others who manufacture,
transport, or sell intoxicating liquor, or are connected therewith in any manner, shall at all times
attend and answer under oath the commissioner's lawful inquiries, produce and exhibit such
books, accounts, documents, and property as the commissioner may desire to inspect, and in all
things aid the commissioner in the performance of the commissioner's duties.
History: 1976 c 5 s 2; 1977 c 407 s 1; 1981 c 210 s 54; 1985 c 305 art 12 s 2; 1986 c 444;
1987 c 381 s 1; 1987 c 383 s 15; 1997 c 129 art 2 s 3-5; 2000 c 260 s 52