HB4159 HFAT #1 Shott 3-7

Casto 3264


Delegate Shott moved to amend the bill by striking out the title and substituting therefor a new title, to read as follows:

Eng. House Bill No. 4159 -- H. B. 4159 -- A Bill to amend the Code of West Virginia, 1931, as amended, by adding thereto two new sections designated §19-2-12 and §19-2-13; to amend and reenact §60-1-5a of said code; to amend and reenact §60-8-2, §60-8-3, §60-8-4, §60-8-18, and §60-8-29 of said code; and to add a new article to said code designated §60-8A-1, §60-8A-2, §60-8A-3, §60-8A-4, §60-8A-5, §60-8A-6, and §60-8A-7; all relating to the manufacture and sale of wine and hard cider; all relating to the manufacture and sale of hard cider and wine; establishing the Agriculture Development Fund; establishing permitted expenditures from the fund; creating a new program to develop hard cider; providing for definitions; clarifying various aspects of wine, specifically the alcohol by volume percentage for table wine, wine, and fortified wine; adding the definition of “nonfortified dessert wine”; clarifying penalties for failure to meet requirements; replacing bond requirements that secure the payment of taxes by distributors, suppliers, certain wineries, and certain farm wineries, who are acting as either suppliers or distributors in a limited capacity, with an affidavit; providing penalties for failure to pay taxes and maintain good standing with the state; providing that there is no separate license required to manufacture and sell hard cider under certain conditions; providing for a hard cider distributor’s license; providing for hard cider exemptions to the wine liter tax;  establishing a hard cider gallon tax; providing for applicability of other laws; requiring regular reports to the Tax Commissioner; providing for applications to import products necessary to manufacture hard cider under certain conditions; providing for hard cider sales for consumption; providing for complementary samples to be given; establishing requirements for complementary samples; permitting the sale of growlers; establishing growler labeling requirements; establishing growler sanitation requirements; providing for fees for the privilege to sell growlers; providing for rule-making authority; providing certain limited authority to unlicensed wineries not currently licensed or located in West Virginia; temporarily authorizing limited sampling and temporarily authorizing the limited sale of wine for off-premises consumption at certain fairs and festivals and at certain one-day special licensed nonprofit events in a very limited capacity.