FISCAL NOTE

Date Requested: January 24, 2020
Time Requested: 01:20 PM
Agency: Alcohol Beverage Control Administration
CBD Number: Version: Bill Number: Resolution Number:
2680 Introduced HB4524
CBD Subject: Alcoholic Liquors and Beers


FUND(S):

General

Sources of Revenue:

General Fund

Legislation creates:

Creates New Revenue



Fiscal Note Summary


Effect this measure will have on costs and revenues of state government.


    Summarize in a clear and concise manner what impact this measure will have on costs and revenues of state government.
    
    This is not an agency bill.
    
    The bill states the purpose is to make the entire state "wet" while allowing a county option for counties to vote to go "dry".
    
    Current law states the entire state is "dry" and that counties and municipalities had to vote to go wet.
    
    "Wet" means permitting the sales of alcoholic liquors (liquor, wine and beer over 15% abv) for off-premises consumption.
    
    There are currently 13 “dry” areas in the state, some as big as a county, a town or even a municipality. The dry areas are:
    
    County Area
    
    Brooke Only the Town of Bethany is dry
    Calhoun Entire county is dry
    Grant Entire county is dry, except the City of Petersburg
    Hampshire Only the Town of Capon Bridge is dry
    Jackson Entire county is dry, except the Cities of Ripley and Ravenswood
    Kanawha Only the Town of East Bank is dry
    Lincoln Entire county is dry, except the Town of Hamlin
    Marion Only the Town of Worthington is dry
    Pocahontas Entire county is dry, except the Town of Durbin and the City of
     Marlinton
    Roane Entire county is dry, except the City of Spencer
    Upshur Entire county is dry, except the City of Buckhannon
    Wayne Only the Towns of Wayne and Fort Gay are dry
    Wetzel Entire county is dry, except the City of New Martinsville and
     the Town of Hundred
    
    This is a historical list maintained by the WVABCA. The reality is that many jurisdictions may not be able to provide records that they are "wet" or "dry" due to the passage of time and the loss of records.



Fiscal Note Detail


Effect of Proposal Fiscal Year
2020
Increase/Decrease
(use"-")
2021
Increase/Decrease
(use"-")
Fiscal Year
(Upon Full
Implementation)
1. Estmated Total Cost 0 0 0
Personal Services 0 0 0
Current Expenses 0 0 0
Repairs and Alterations 0 0 0
Assets 0 0 0
Other 0 0 0
2. Estimated Total Revenues 0 0 0


Explanation of above estimates (including long-range effect):


    Please explain increases and decreases in personal services, current expenses, repairs and alterations, assets, other costs and revenues, including assumptions and data sources and delineation between start-up and ongoing costs. Please also include a long-range schedule of costs and revenues if fiscal impact is expected to vary in future years.
    
    Based on the bill it would be too difficult to estimate with any accuracy, but the state should see an increase in revenue from liquor and wine sales, and perhaps new licensees. Likewise, depending on the number of new licensees, there could speculatively be a small increase (too difficult to estimate) in personal services.



Memorandum


    Please identify any areas of vagueness, technical defects, reasons a bill would not have a fiscal impact, and/or any special issues not captured elsewhere on this form.
    
    Again, this is not an agency bill.
    
    The bill appears accurately drafted.
    
    In the past few years, the Legislature passed changes to WVABCA law with new licenses and requirements and these changes were the first major changes in 50 years. The basis for the legislative changes has been to assist: businesses, tourism, the hospitality industry, and with economic development.
    
    
    



    Person submitting Fiscal Note: Anoop Bhasin, General Counsel on behalf of WVABCA
    Email Address: anoop.k.bhasin@wv.gov