A N A C T
RELATING TO ALCOHOLIC BEVERAGES -- SUNDAY SALES
It is enacted by the General Assembly as follows:
SECTION 1. Section 3-8-1 of the General Laws in Chapter 3-8 entitled "Regulation of Sales" is hereby amended to read as follows:
3-8-1. Sales on Sundays and holidays -- Sales to underage persons, intoxicated persons, and persons of intemperate habits. -- Licenses issued under this title shall not authorize the sale or service of beverages on Sunday, nor on Christmas day excepting licensed taverns, clubs, victualing houses, and retail Class F licensed places when served with food to guests, and except in places operated under a retail Class E license described in this title, and excepting the sale of wine or winery products at retail pursuant to section 3-6-1.1(e)(4) by holders of farmer-winery licenses and the serving of complimentary samples pursuant to section 3-6-1.1(g) by holders of farmer-winery licenses, and except in cars or on passenger-carrying marine vessels operated by holders of Class G licenses. The department may limit the sale of beverages on passenger-carrying marine vessels to the hours from six o'clock (6:00) p.m. to eight o'clock (8:00) a.m. on those days; nor shall they authorize the sale or delivery to any underaged person as defined in this title for purposes of sale, possession and consumption of alcoholic beverages, either for his or her own use or for the use of his or her parents, or of any other person; or the sale of beverages to any intoxicated persons or to any person of notoriously intemperate habits. Places operating under a retail Class C license are authorized to be open for the sale of alcoholic beverages upon Columbus day, Armistice day, Victory day, provided however, that a local board of license may authorize places operating under a Class C license to be open on New Year's day. Places operating under a retail Class A license are not authorized to be open for the sale of alcoholic beverages upon Thanksgiving day and New Year's day. Provided, however, that holders of Class A licenses may open from twelve o'clock (12:00) noon to six o'clock (6:00) p.m. on Sundays which precede Christmas and New Year holidays which fall on Mondays.
SECTION 2. This act shall take effect upon passage.