Alaska Senate Passes Comprehensive Alcohol Bill

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Under House consideration following Senate passage, S.B. 52 seeks to organize the statutes governing the alcohol industry in a logical, commonsense manner for all users, clearly defining the rights and obligations of licensees. New statutory provisions retain the three-tier licensing system but create more flexibility for small manufacturers; create a new endorsement system to expand the boundaries of licensed businesses and accommodate special events; and modify the permitting system for clarity. The bill also creates local control in community population limits, adds mechanisms to prevent underage access to alcohol, regulates common carriers who deliver alcohol and provides for a smooth transitional implementation period.