ASSEMBLY STANDING COMMITTEE ON ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT, JOB CREATION, COMMERCE AND INDUSTRY
NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING
ORAL TESTIMONY BY INVITATION ONLY
New York's Alcoholic Beverage Control Law was originally codified in 1934 in response to the repeal of Prohibition. Upon ratification of the 21st amendment, which officially ended Prohibition, the States were directed to control alcoholic beverages within their borders. New York adopted a three-tier system - manufacturer, wholesaler, retailer - bound together by an array of statutes that tightly regulate the distribution and sale of the product. While these statutes are intended to protect the health, welfare and safety of New Yorkers, some may be extraneous to this purpose or have little or no relevance in today's 21st Century commerce.
Accordingly, the Committee successfully advanced legislation in the 2005-2006 Legislative Session (Chapter 391, A.6686-a (Schimminger)/S.5383-a (Alesi)) directing the New York State Law Revision Commission to examine the Alcoholic Beverage Control Law and its administration, and to make recommendations and propose revisions to ensure public policy goals are met in an effective and efficient manner. The Law Revision Commission submitted their final report in December 2009. The purpose of this hearing is to examine the findings and recommendations of the New York State Law Revision Commission and to elicit industry responses to the findings and recommendations.
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