CA Tied-House Bill on Governor’s Desk

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Before the Governor for action, Assembly Bill 546 seeks to revise tied-house restrictions related to paying, crediting, or compensating a retailer or retailers for advertising, display, or distribution service in connection with the advertising and sale of all alcoholic beverages, rather than only distilled spirits; expands a restriction to providing “related things of value” to the things that cannot be furnished, given, lent, or rented to any person any decorations, paintings, or signs, except as specified; adds a prohibition to “providing credit” and “rebates” for the privilege of placing or painting a sign or advertising, or window display, on or in any premises selling alcoholic beverages at retail; clarifies that alcohol licensees may sell customized interior signs to retailers at a price not less than current market value.

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