2013 - 2014 LEGISLATURE
February 5, 2014 - Introduced by Senators Grothman,
Kedzie, Schultz and
Harsdorf, cosponsored by Representatives Murphy,
Wright, August, Jorgensen, Brooks, Bies, Thiesfeldt, Krug, Loudenbeck
and Ohnstad. Referred to Committee on Agriculture, Small Business, and
1An Act to amend
125.68 (4) (c) 3m. of the statutes; relating to: closing hours
2for retail sales by wineries.
Analysis by the Legislative Reference Bureau
Under current law, with limited exceptions, no person may sell alcohol
beverages to a consumer unless the seller possesses a license or permit authorizing
the sale. Current law allows a winery to hold one retail license, which may be either
a "Class A" license or a "Class B" license. A "Class B" license issued to a winery
authorizes the retail sale of wine to be consumed by the glass or in opened containers
on the licensed premises and authorizes the retail sale of wine in the original package
or container to be consumed off the licensed premises. A winery operating under a
retail "Class B" license may not remain open for retail sales of wine between the
hours of 9 p.m. and 8 a.m.
This bill changes the closing hour for wineries operating under a retail "Class
B" license from 9 p.m. to midnight, but allows municipalities to establish, by
ordinance, more restrictive closing hours for these wineries.
The people of the state of Wisconsin, represented in senate and assembly, do
enact as follows:
125.68 (4) (c) 3m. of the statutes is amended to read:
(c) 3m. No premises for which a "Class B" license has been issued 5
under s. 125.51 (3) (am) may remain open for the sale of intoxicating liquor between
the hours of 9 p.m. 12 midnight
and 8 a.m. A municipality may, by ordinance, impose
2more restrictive hours than are provided in this subdivision.