2013 New Jersey Revised Statutes
Title 33 - INTOXICATING LIQUORS
Section 33:1-12.40 - Findings, declarations
33:1-12.40. Findings, declarations
The Legislature finds and declares that:
a. The retail alcoholic beverage industry is one of the most highly regulated industries of the State, controlled by a broad array of laws enacted by the Legislature and regulations promulgated by the Director of the Division of Alcoholic Beverage Control.
b. It is the public policy of this State, as set forth in section 4 of P.L.1985, c.258 (C.33:1-3.1), to strictly regulate alcoholic beverages to protect the health, safety and welfare of its citizens, to foster moderation and responsibility in the use and consumption of alcoholic beverages, to protect the collection of State taxes imposed upon alcoholic beverages, and to protect the interest of consumers against fraud and misleading practices in the sale of alcoholic beverages.
c. Participation in the alcoholic beverage industry as a licensee under Title 33 of the Revised Statutes is deemed a revocable privilege conditioned upon the proper and continued qualification of the licensee.
d. Notwithstanding the degree to which retail licensees are regulated, licensees are not required to demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the laws and regulations or their social responsibilities, for the purpose of obtaining or renewing the privilege to hold a retail alcoholic beverage license.
e. Since the alcoholic beverage industry was deregulated in 1980, market forces have impacted the retail industry to such an extent that a significant number of licenses have changed, and continue to change, hands and a large segment of new licensees have insufficient knowledge of their legal and social responsibilities.
f. These disruptive market forces and the numerous transfers of license ownership have occurred during a period of intensive legislative scrutiny of the industry, the enactment of many new laws and regulations, and the development of programs directed at the responsible sale and consumption of alcoholic beverages.
g. Retail alcoholic beverage licensees should be required to periodically demonstrate a knowledge and understanding of the regulations, laws, and public policies of the State impacting upon their industry before their license privileges are renewed.
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