Senate Bill No. 685

CHAPTER 423

An act to amend Section 23453 of the Business and Professions Code, relating to alcoholic beverage service.

[Approved by Governor October 1, 2015. Filed with Secretary of State October 1, 2015.]

LEGISLATIVE COUNSEL’S DIGEST

SB 685, McGuire. Alcoholic beverage service: veterans’ club license.

The Alcoholic Beverage Control Act provides for the issuance of licenses for which various annual fees are charged depending upon the type of license issued. The act authorizes the issuance of a veterans’ club license authorizing the sale of alcoholic beverages for consumption within the licensed establishment only to members of the veterans’ organization and their guests.

This bill would additionally authorize a holder of a veterans’ club license to sell and serve alcoholic beverages for consumption within the licensed establishment to members of other veterans’ organizations, active duty or reserve members of the Armed Forces, or veterans, as well as to the members of the veterans’ organization and their guests.

The people of the State of California do enact as follows:

SECTION 1.  

Section 23453 of the Business and Professions Code is amended to read:

23453.  

(a) The holder of a veterans’ club license may exercise all of the rights and privileges permitted by an on-sale general license but may sell and serve alcoholic beverages for consumption within the licensed establishment only to bona fide members of the veterans’ organization and their bona fide guests, bona fide members of other veterans’ organizations, active duty or reserve members of the Armed Forces, or veterans as defined in Section 18540.4 of the Government Code.

(b) A veterans’ club license is not transferable to another person from the person to whom issued or by whom renewed. The provisions of Article 2 (commencing with Section 23815) of Chapter 5 do not apply to the issuance of veterans’ club licenses.

(c) A bona fide member of a veterans’ organization, bona fide guest, active duty or reserve member of the Armed Forces, or veteran is not required to sign in to a roster before purchasing or being served alcoholic beverages for consumption.

SEC. 2.  

It is the intent of the Legislature in enacting this act to expand the rights of a holder of a veterans’ club license to sell and serve alcoholic beverages.



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