March 17, 2017
We rarely hear business owners excited to pay more money to government. But many Tennessee restaurants, bars and venues are eagerly supporting pending legislation to allow the ABC to increase fines for sales to minors to $10,000.
You can read the entire bill here HB0435
Reliable sources on the Hill say that the bill will become law.
Tennessee is well-known in the nation for under 21 ID stings. The Tennessee ABC and local law enforcement have been quite successful citing liquor license holders for sales to minors.
Current law limits ABC fines to $1,500 for sales to minors. Understandably, the ABC has favored suspensions for a second sale to minor within 2 years. Many licensees have served 7 to 14 day suspensions for a second sale. Most of the time, an ABC suspension also leads to a beer board suspension.
Industry has been clamoring for allowing the ABC to increase the fine for a second sale to minor - instead of devastating suspensions.
Our good buddy Willa reminds us of the classic John Conlee tune:
The bills are all due
The babies need shoes
Stay tuned for updates about the 2017 legislation session.