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Senator Declan O'Scanlon

Senator Declan O'Scanlon

O’Scanlon Bill Delivers for Struggling Businesses with Liquor Licenses

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Senate Approves Legislation Authorizing Temporary Takeout and Home Delivery Services

Senator Declan O’Scanlon sponsors bipartisan legislation that would authorize certain businesses with liquor licenses to sell store-mixed cocktails to take-out and delivery customers during the COVID-19 state or emergency. The bill, A-3966/S-2413, cleared the Senate today.

The coronavirus is strangling the economy, and Senator O’Scanlon’s legislation, approved by the Senate today, creates financial opportunity for bars and restaurants. (Flickr)

“Providing clarity and consistency to the laws for selling store-mixed alcoholic beverages will help small businesses while the lockdown remains in effect,” said O’Scanlon (R-13). “Eliminating some of the confusion in the marketplace helps restaurants and other enterprises, and provides desperately needed opportunities for out-of-work New Jerseyans – particularly bartenders. Residents who have been prisoners in their own homes under the Governor’s orders can buy some of their favorite cocktails made by their favorite bartenders for virtual happy hours with friends, and remote socializing.”

Two executive orders signed by the Governor in March created frustration for some establishments with liquor licenses. Laying on our myriad, sometimes confusing liquor and advertising laws, and it’s a mess for restaurant owners who just want to do all they can to survive in this brutal environment. We have to do all we can for them. This will help!”

O’Scanlon’s bill also provides an exemption from the alcoholic beverage tax for distilleries that have been manufacturing hand sanitizer with their alcohol during the coronavirus emergency.

“These small, local distilleries are willingly providing an important public service during this health emergency,” said O’Scanlon. “They are utilizing their equipment and raw materials to produce sanitizer for first-responders and families, and they certainly should not be responsible for the alcohol tax.”

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