Chapter 273

Chapter 273

2003 -- S 1157

Enacted  07/17/03






     Introduced By: Senators Badeau, and Cote

     Date Introduced: June 19, 2003   



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, provided however, that on December 24,

2000 and December 31, 2000, a Class A retail license holder may open from 8:00 a.m. until 5:00

p.m.; 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 twelve o'clock (12:00) p.m. to six o'clock (6:00) p.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 no earlier than ten o'clock (10:00) a.m. to no later than six o'clock (6:00) p.m. on

Sundays which precede Christmas and New Year holidays which fall on Mondays. from the two

(2) Sundays preceding Christmas and the Sunday immediately following Christmas.

     SECTION 2. This act shall take effect upon passage.