2017 - 2018 LEGISLATURE
July 12, 2017 - Introduced by Representatives Nygren, Tauchen, Ballweg,
Petryk, Zimmerman, Ripp, Allen, Kremer, Spiros, Kooyenga, Tittl, Meyers,
Quinn, Considine, Kleefisch, Subeck, Thiesfeldt, Stafsholt, Hutton,
Vruwink, E. Brooks, Bernier and Shankland, cosponsored by Senators
Harsdorf, L. Taylor, Moulton, Petrowski, Testin, Vinehout, Olsen, Bewley,
Vukmir, Marklein, Nass, Stroebel, Cowles and Wanggaard. Referred to
Committee on State Affairs.
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
This bill makes changes relating to the hours in which wineries can make retail
sales of wine.
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 a retail “Class B" license authorizing
the retail sale of wine. 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.