2011 Louisiana Laws
Revised Statutes
TITLE 26 — Liquors-alcoholic beverages
RS 26:793 — Additional powers of the commissioner


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§793. Additional powers of the commissioner

A.(1) The commissioner may provide by regulation for the issuance of three-day permits to serve alcoholic beverages at fairs, festivals, civic and fraternal and religious events, Mardi Gras events, and nonprofit functions. The permits shall be for a duration of three consecutive days only and no more than twelve such permits may be issued to any one person within a single calendar year. Fees for the permits shall be as provided by regulation.

(2) The commissioner may also provide by regulation for special designations on the regular Class A permits of persons who wish to service special events as caterers and serve alcoholic beverages at locations other than their licensed premises.

(3) The commissioner shall also provide by rule and regulation for the definition and issuance of a Class A-Caterers Permit for any person who does not otherwise qualify for a retail dealers permit pursuant to the provisions of R.S. 26:71.1 or R.S. 26:271.2. Any person holding a Class A-Caterers Permit shall not be authorized to sell alcoholic beverages to any wholesale or retail dealer licensed in accordance with this Title. The fees for a Class A-Caterers permit shall not exceed the fees for a Class A-Restaurant Permit set forth in R.S. 26:71(A).

(4) The commissioner shall adopt rules and regulations in accordance with the Administrative Procedure Act to effectuate the purpose of this Section. Notwithstanding the provisions of R.S. 26:90(B), (C), (D), (E), (F), and (G) and R.S. 26:286(B), (C), (D), (E), (F), and (G) to the contrary, the commissioner may establish rules and regulations adopted pursuant to the Administrative Procedure Act authorizing the types of entertainment and employment allowed on a licensed premises.

(5)(a) Notwithstanding any other provision of law to the contrary, the commissioner shall issue a three-day special event permit to any retail dealer qualified for on premise consumption who applies for such permit at no fee authorizing the retail dealer to allow a person to bring homebrew alcoholic beverages on his licensed premises for the purpose of possessing, consuming, and serving such homebrew on his licensed premises in connection with homebrew club meetings, organized affairs, exhibitions, or competitions such as homebrewer's contests, tastings, or judging in accordance with all of the following criteria:

(i) Homebrew shall not be sold or offered for sale.

(ii) Homebrew shall be served only to those individuals attending the special event and shall not be served to the patrons of the retail establishment or general public.

(iii) All homebrew alcoholic beverages shall be removed from the licensed premises within a reasonable time upon conclusion of the special event.

(iv) The retail dealer shall not be required to obtain a special events permit from the Department of Health and Hospitals and shall be exempt from any additional compliance with the state's Sanitary Code but only with regard to the duration and location of the special event.

(b) For purposes of this Paragraph, "homebrew" shall mean the brewing of beer, mead, and other alcoholic beverages through fermentation on a small scale as a hobby for personal consumption, free distribution at residential social gatherings, and amateur brewing competitions or other noncommercial reasons as provided for in Paragraph (1) of this Subsection regarding special event licenses.

B. The provisions of R.S. 26:281(C), (D), (F), and (G) shall not apply to permits issued pursuant to the provisions of this Section.

C.(1) In order to ensure compliance with "Prevention of Youth Access to Tobacco Law", the commissioner shall annually conduct random, unannounced inspections at locations where tobacco products are sold or distributed. Persons under the age of eighteen may be enlisted by employees of the office of alcohol and tobacco control to test compliance, but such persons may be used only if the testing is conducted under the direct supervision of such employees and written parental consent has been provided. Any person under the age of eighteen shall either carry the person's own identification showing the person's correct date of birth or shall carry no identification. A person under the age of eighteen who carries identification shall, on request, present it to any seller of tobacco products. In addition, any person under the age of eighteen enlisted under this Subsection shall truthfully answer any questions about the person's age. Any other use of persons under the age of eighteen to test compliance with the provisions of this Section or any other prohibition of like or similar import shall be unlawful and the person or persons responsible for such use shall be subject to the penalties prescribed in R.S. 14:91.8(H).

(2) The commissioner shall prepare and submit to the governor a report outlining compliance with the "Prevention of Youth Access to Tobacco Law", which the governor shall use to prepare and file annually with the secretary of the United States Department of Health and Human Services the report provided for by 42 U.S.C. §300x-26.

Acts 1991, No. 447, §1, eff. July 15, 1991; Acts 1994, 3rd Ex. Sess., No. 64, §2; Acts 1997, No. 1010, §2; Acts 1997, No. 1370, §§1, 4, eff. Oct. 1, 1997; Acts 1999, No. 987, §1; Acts 2010, No. 953, §1, eff. July 2, 2010.

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