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4085Type of Legislation: Joint Resolution JRIntroducing Body: HouseIntroduced Date: 19990512Primary Sponsor: KelleyAll Sponsors: Kelley, Allison, Altman, Bales, Barfield, Barrett, Bowers, G. Brown, T. Brown, Campsen, Carnell, Cato, Chellis, Clyburn, Cooper, Cotty, Dantzler, Davenport, Edge, Emory, Gilham, Gourdine, Hamilton, Harrell, Haskins, Hayes, Inabinett, Jennings, Keegan, Lanford, Leach, Limehouse, Littlejohn, Lloyd, Martin, Mason, McGee, J.H. Neal, Ott, Riser, Rodgers, Sandifer, Seithel, J. Smith, R. Smith, Stille, Taylor, Townsend, Tripp, Witherspoon, Woodrum, Harvin, MillerDrafted Document Number: l:\council\bills\bbm\10052som99.docCompanion Bill Number: 845Residing Body: HouseCurrent Committee: Ways and Means Committee 30 HWMSubject: Alcohol and alcoholic beverages, liquors; legislature to regulate consumption of; General AssemblyHistory Body Date Action Description Com Leg Involved ______ ________ ______________________________________ _______ ____________ House 19990518 Co-Sponsor added (Rule 5.2) by Rep. Miller House 19990512 Co-Sponsor added (Rule 5.2) by Rep. Harvin House 19990512 Introduced, read first time, 30 HWM referred to Committee Versions of This Bill
PROPOSING AN AMENDMENT TO SECTION 1, ARTICLE VIII-A OF THE CONSTITUTION OF SOUTH CAROLINA, 1895, RELATING TO THE POWERS OF THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY PERTAINING TO ALCOHOLIC LIQUORS AND BEVERAGES, SO AS TO DELETE DETAILED REQUIREMENTS FOR THE REGULATION OF ALCOHOLIC LIQUORS AND BEVERAGES AND AUTHORIZE THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY TO REGULATE THEIR CONSUMPTION.
Be it enacted by the General Assembly of the State of South Carolina:
SECTION 1. It is proposed that Section 1, Article VIII-A of the Constitution of this State be amended to read:
"Section 1. In the exercise of the police power the General Assembly
shall have has the right to prohibit and to regulate the manufacture, and sale, and retail, and consumption of alcoholic liquors or beverages within the State. The General Assembly may license persons or corporations to manufacture, and sell, and retail alcoholic liquors or beverages within the State under such the rules and restrictions as it deems considers proper ; or the General Assembly may prohibit the manufacture and sale and retail of alcoholic liquors and beverages within the State, and may authorize and empower State, county and municipal officers, all or either, under the authority and in the name of the State, to buy in any market and retail within the State liquors and beverages in such packages and quantities, under such rules and regulations, as it deems expedient. Provided, that no license shall be granted to sell alcoholic beverages in less quantities than one ounce in licensed retail stores, or to sell them between seven o'clock p. m. and nine o'clock a. m., or to sell them to be drunk on the premises; provided, further, that the. The General Assembly shall not delegate to any municipal corporation the power to issue licenses to sell alcoholic liquors or beverages the same. Provided, further, that licenses may be granted to sell and consume alcoholic liquors and beverages in sealed containers of two ounces or less in businesses which engage primarily and substantially in the preparation and serving of meals or furnishing of lodging or on premises of certain nonprofit organizations with limited membership not open to the general public, during such hours as the General Assembly may provide."
SECTION 2. The proposed amendment must be submitted to the qualified electors at the next general election for representatives. Ballots must be provided at the various voting precincts with the following words printed or written on the ballot:
"Must Section 1, Article VIII-A of the Constitution of this State, relating to the powers of the General Assembly pertaining to alcoholic liquors and beverages, be amended so as to delete the detailed requirements for the regulation of alcoholic liquors and beverages, including deleting the provision that on-premise establishments are licensed to sell alcoholic liquors and beverages only in sealed containers of two ounces or less, and to authorize the General Assembly to regulate the consumption of alcoholic liquors and beverages and to maintain the prohibition on delegating to municipalities the power to issue liquor licenses?
Those voting in favor of the question shall deposit a ballot with a check or cross mark in the square after the word 'yes', and those voting against the question shall deposit a ballot with a check or cross mark in the square after the word 'No'."
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