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COMMITTEE SUBSTITUTE

FOR

H. B. 2394

(By Delegates Leach, Beane, Hubbard,

Pulliam and Facemyer

)


(Originating in the Committee on the Judiciary)

[February 12, 1998]


A BILL to amend article six, chapter sixty of the code of West Virginia, one thousand nine hundred thirty-one, as amended, by adding thereto a new section, designated section twenty-five, relating to requiring all persons licensed to sell alcoholic liquor, wine or nonintoxicating beer at retail, either for consumption on-premises or off-premises, or both, to display signs warning of the possible danger of birth defects that may be caused by the consumption of alcohol during pregnancy; placement of signs; duties of commissioner to make signs available; imposition of civil administrative penalty for violation; legislative rules; creation of "fetal alcohol syndrome fund"; and disposition of moneys.

Be it enacted by the Legislature of West Virginia:
That article six, chapter sixty of the code of West Virginia, one thousand nine hundred thirty-one, as amended, be amended by adding thereto a new section, designated section twenty-five, to read as follows:
ARTICLE 6. MISCELLANEOUS PROVISIONS.
§60-6-25. Mandatory signs to be posted warning of the possible dangers of consumption of alcohol during pregnancy.

(a) Beginning the first day of July, one thousand nine hundred ninety-eight, all persons licensed to sell alcoholic liquor, wine or nonintoxicating beer at retail, either for consumption on-premises or off-premises, or both, shall display signs provided by the alcohol beverage control commissioner warning of the possible danger of birth defects which may result from the consumption of alcohol during pregnancy. These signs shall be displayed upon the licensed premises in the following manner:
(1) If a licensee holds a license providing for the retail sale of alcoholic liquor, wine or nonintoxicating beer for on- premises consumption, the sign shall be posted in an open and prominent place in the licensed portion of the establishment: Provided, That self-service "mini-bars" in hotel guest rooms are exempt: Provided, however, That airports, convention centers, sports facilities and other licensed premises with more than one authorized location of sales, service and consumption shall post signs in plain view to the majority of patrons entering or approaching the licensed portion of the premises.
(2) If the licensee holds a license providing for the retail sale of alcoholic liquor, wine or nonintoxicating beer for off- premises consumption, the sign shall be posted in plain view at the main entrance to the licensed premises.
(3) If the licensee is a liquor manufacturer, the notices shall be posted in plain view at the main entrance to areas where alcohol is sold for off-premises consumption. If a manufacturer's tasting rooms have separate buildings or separate entrances, the sign shall be posted in plain view at the main entrance to the tasting area.
(b) The alcohol beverage control commissioner shall make signs and replacements warning of the possible danger of birth defects which may result from the consumption of alcohol during pregnancy available to each licensee governed by the provisions of this section.
(c)(1) Upon a determination by the commissioner that a licensee has failed to comply with the provisions of this section, the commissioner may impose a civil administrative penalty of not less than one hundred dollars nor more than one thousand dollars for each violation. The provisions of section fifteen of this article shall not apply to a violation of this section.
(2) The commissioner shall propose legislative rules for promulgation pursuant to the provisions of chapter twenty-nine-a of this code setting forth:
(A) objective criteria against which the exercise of the commissioner's discretion in the determination of whether to impose a civil administrative penalty is to be measured; and
(B) procedures meeting the requirements of due process through which an alleged violation of this section may be contested.
(3) The proceeds of civil administrative penalties collected for violations of this section shall be deposited in a fund hereby established in the state treasury to be known as the "fetal alcohol syndrome fund". The commissioner shall expend the moneys deposited in the fund to educate the public concerning the dangers of fetal alcohol syndrome without appropriation except as provided in this subsection. After the sum of five thousand dollars has been deposited into the fund during a fiscal year, any additional deposits shall be made to the state fund, general revenue. Any moneys remaining in the fund on the thirtieth day of June of each year shall be subject to reappropriation for expenditure during the following fiscal year.
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